Behold Your God — Week Two, Day Two

6 Jun

When I first came into pastoral ministry, I noticed a reality in the lives of some Christians. I call it the great disconnect. There was a sharp difference between the person in the pews on Sunday morning and the same person in the daily life of family, friends, work and leisure. A God that made enough difference to at least get a person to church on Sunday morning seemed to make no practical difference in everyday life.

Now to be sure, all of us have some kind of disconnect. There will always be, this side of glory, a gap between what we believe and how we live. None will live out the faith perfectly. But where there is a large gap between what we say we believe and how we live, it should be a cause for great concern.

Today’s study brings us face to face with the possibility that we might believe there is a God and may even believe certain things about that God are true, but still not know Him.

If we live as if we are king of our life, we probably do not know God. This is the Judges 17:6 life: “Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.”

If we avoid simple obedience to God with careful excuses, we probably do not know God.

If we live for our own desires rather than God’s Word, we probably do not know God.

When we find our deepest life and satisfaction in something other than God, we probably do not know God.

Today’s study is sobering. It shows us that we may be church attenders, even people who read our Bibles and pray and serve, but not know God. No one else can answer for you the question of whether you know God, but the good news is that if you have not been knowing God or have never known God, you can return. Don’t despair. You can know God. The rest of this week we will be looking at how the way can be cleared in our hearts to come back to God.


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