Chapter 1: When You Beleive in God but Don’t Really Know Him
Did you know that 94% of Americans believe in God? That is 9 out of every 10 people you know. But how many of them people truly share an intimate relationship with God? We often don’t really know God, we just know of Him. We know that He died for us and that we should be a witness for Him and do works for Him but that sometimes is the end of it. Our relationship with God sometimes is like our relationship with your favorite celebrity. You may know everything about that person, but do you actually know that person. Do you share an intimate relationship with that person? The same often results with our relationship with God. We know everything about Him, but we don’t have a relationship with Him, yet alone even strive for one. Craig talks about how he would like to compare our relationship with God like we do with a boy/girl friend, spouse, or someone that you may like. With these people we strive to get to know them more and more. We constantly think of them and want to be closer to them. We know what they want and what they don’t. Just the mention of their name can drive your heart wild. We all know these feelings, and we all know know this list goes much longer. The point is, our relationship with God should be like one with the person what we like/love. We should constantly be looking to communicate with God and strive to know Him better. The best part is God is always available to talk to us and if we want to be closer to Him, just ask and we will come running to you like the prodigal son(Luke 15:11-32).
David described his relationship with God in Psalm 63:1-4. It is truly a beautiful relationship. The words speak for itself.
You, God, are my God,
earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
where there is no water.
I have seen you in the sanctuary
and beheld your power and your glory.
Because your love is better than life,
my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands.