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How Can I know God?
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Why would we want to know God? Through the ages He has been seen as a frightening traffic cop in the sky with a big whistle He blows every time He sees someone having fun. Insurance companies identify storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes as "acts of God."

The human heart does not want to know God. We are afraid of Him. Since the sin of our first father we inherit the minds of aliens, with no desire to know Him.

But even though we don’t want to find Him, in His love He searches us out. Paul quoting Isaiah says, "I was found by those who did not seek me; I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me." Romans 10:20 (NIV).

Said Teresa of Avila, "Oh, God, I don’t love you. I don’t even want to love you, but I want to want to love you." Something deep in our dark hearts longs for something to satisfy a hunger we don’t even recognize we have.

Said Job, "If only I knew where to find him; if only I could go to his dwelling!" Job 23:3 (NIV).

Can we find Him? Oh, yes. "You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." Jeremiah 29:13 (NIV).

What happens when we find Him? Is He the fearful "traffic cop in the sky?" Jesus straightens out our twisted picture of God. He describes Him as "Our Father." Paul tells us that "God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8 (NIV).

What is God really like? "The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. . . . For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him." Psalm 103:8,11-13 (NIV).

God is the mighty Creator of the starry heavens. "Lift your eyes and look to the heavens:  Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing." Isaiah 40:26 (NIV).

The stars circling in their appointed rounds, the blue sky with its puffy white clouds, the flowers, the grass beneath our feet, all speak to us of a loving Designer who created this world for our pleasure and our good.

But He’s more than a powerful Creator. He is the one described by David in the Psalms. "When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?" Psalm 8:3,4 (NIV).

By getting acquainted with His Son we can understand His love. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16 (NIV).

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