Knowing a person is a process. It takes work. Always. It might be enjoyable work sometimes, but not always. And to know someone very well, is a long process. It takes more work. A lot of it. Intentional choices to go deeper. Lots of them. It takes persistence. To get to know someone on deep levels, requires commitment and a willingness to let go of or push past things that hinder you. It sometimes requires adjustments of your understanding. It may require letting go of others to choose one.
Knowing God. To follow Christ, is to enter into a life of Knowing God. KNOWING Him. It is a long process. It takes work. Intentional choices. Persistence. Commitment. And Adjustments. Letting go of others.
God is a Person and can be known in increasing degrees of intimate acquaintance as we prepare our hearts for the wonder. It may be necessary for us to alter our former beliefs about God as the glory that gilds the Sacred Scripture dawns over our interior lives. We may also need to break quietly and graciously with the lifeless textualism that prevails among the gospel churches, and to protest the frivolous character of much that passes for Christianity among us. By this we may for the time lose friends and gain a passing reputation for being holier-than-thou; but no man who permits the expectation of unpleasant consequences to influence him in a matter like this is fit for the kingdom of God. (A. W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy)
Knowing God is a process. As we choose to delve in and get to know Him on a deeper more intimate level we have to make intentional choices to study His Word. As we do that, we must allow it to CORRECT us and make adjustments to our flawed view of who He is. We may have to choose Him and the Ways we are learning from Him over others and what they think. We might have to walk away from comfortable things we’ve always known. And other people might not like that. But we must remain persistent and not allow our commitment to fade because KNOWING God is worth it. Always. Always. Always.
I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately… I think that if we do not find ourselves in the midst of an ever stretching, always growing, and continually adjusting life as we learn to KNOW God more… AND if we DO find ourselves settled into a Christianity that feels comfortable and familiar and pretty normal… there may be a need, as Tozer stated… “to break quietly and graciously” away so that we can become more fit for the kingdom of God.