Guest Post: Kathy Roseborough
My one prayer for the people I lead and love is that we would know God. Not just know of Him, but intimately know Him. Then, from that place of understanding, we could experience more of His presence and power than we ever imagined possible.
Most believers would say they know God, but do you really know Him?
A common mistake we all make is thinking that intimacy with God can be achieved through the accumulation of knowledge. However, knowledge is not synonymous with trust. I’m not talking about just head knowledge. I’m talking about knowing God.
“KNOW” can be defined as 1. to be aware of through observation, inquiry, or information. 2. to have developed a relationship with (someone) through meeting and spending time with them.
Just a few days before a recent hair appointment, I learned that my hairdresser of 14 years was moving to California. She knows me. She has been all up in my business! She knows my hair. So, I had to have my hair done by a new person, and by a miracle, she turned out to be fabulous. She said she needed to ‘get into my hair’ to see the condition, examine the color, and become familiar with my routine. It will take some time for us to form a relationship, for her to know my hair. I have to grow in my trust for her, allowing her to color, cut, and make changes that will ultimately be better for me. She has to learn that I am as blonde as I can afford to be. 🙂
But there is one who knows every hair on my head, and He calls me to know Him. God has been challenging me in this for a while, and at times I’m awkward and wobbly, but I keep participating and pressing into the activity of knowing God. If I’m honest with you, there are times I’d much rather study the Bible than be affectionate with God! Check that box! Give me a star on my chart, and I’m DONE FOR THE DAY!!!
Yet, God wants so much more than that!
His word says in Isaiah 43:10, “You are my witnesses, and my servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe me and understand that I am He.”
It changed everything when God confronted me with the truth that I knew about and of Him, but I didn’t really KNOW Him. Years of Bible studies taught me much about God, but I was not intimate with Him. Over this journey, I have learned that God is much more than I had acknowledged or experienced. He is capable of SO much more than I believed He could do. He wanted me to know WHO I belonged to and get an up-close view of who He is and what He’s capable of doing.
I have learned that He is…
The First and the Last
The Beginning and the End
The Keeper of Creation
The Creator of All
The Architect of the Universe
The Manager of Time
He always was, always is, and always will be unmoved, unchanged, undefeated, and never undone. He was bruised but brought healing. He was pierced but eased pain. He was persecuted but brought freedom. He was dead but brought life. He has risen to bring power. He reigns to bring peace.
The world can’t understand Him. Armies can’t defeat Him. Schools can’t explain Him, and leaders can’t ignore Him. Herod couldn’t kill Him. Nero couldn’t crush Him. The new age cannot replace Him, and Google, Trump, or Clinton cannot explain Him away.
We need to remember that He is light, love, and longevity, and He is Lord. He is goodness and kindness and faithfulness, and He is God. He is holy and righteous and powerful and pure. His ways are right, His word is eternal, His will is unchanging, and His mind is on us.
He is our savior, guide, peace, joy, comfort, and the ruler of our lives. I serve Him because His bond is love, His yoke is easy, His burden is light, and His goal for us is abundant life.
I follow Him because He’s the wisdom of the wise, the power of the powerful, the ancient of days, the ruler of rulers, the leader of all leaders and His goal is a relationship with me. He’ll never leave, forsake, mislead, or forget you. He will never overlook you and will never cancel your appointment in His appointment book.
When you fall, He’ll lift you up.
When you fail, He’ll forgive you
When you are weak, He’s strong
When you are lost, He’s your way
When you are afraid, He’s your courage.
When you stumble, He will steady you.
When you are hurt, He will heal you.
When you are broken, He will mend you.
When you are blind, He will lead you.
When you are hungry, He will feed you.
When you face trials, He is with you.
When you face persecution, He shields you.
When you face problems, He will comfort you.
When you face loss, He will provide for you.
When we face death, He will carry us home.
He is everything for everybody, everywhere, every time, and in every way
He is your God, and you belong to Him.
So I’ll ask again, How well do YOU know Him?
My dear friend Kathy has served our local church, Seacoast in Charleston, for over 20 years. She spoke this over the church staff many years ago. I have a written copy that I pull out of my Bible and read and teach from several times a year. I hope during this week of Thankfulness, these words bless you as much as they have me.
In His Service and at yours!