It is one thing to know about God, but it is quite another to know Him in personal experience. We can repeat a formal statement about Him without sensing His nearness in our everyday round of activities. Let’s see how this distinction applies when considering some of God’s attributes.
The thought that God is present everywhere is staggering. But to be actually aware of His presence brings comfort and hope in times of need.
The thought that God knows everything is mind-boggling. But to trust Him completely, having the confidence that no detail of our situation escapes His attention, is to enjoy a peace that endures through every trial.
The thought that God is all-powerful makes us marvel at His greatness. But to have Him, who “is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20), actually work in, through, and for us encourages us to relax in His mighty arms.
The thought that God never changes is a reassuring truth. But to commit oneself to the care of his never-changing One is to know the stability of His faithfulness.
The thought that God is love is most wonderful to contemplate. But to know Him as a loving Redeemer through the provision of His own love–gift, Jesus Christ, brings the joy of sins forgiven and the sure hope of spending eternity in heaven.
The writer of Psalm 96 knew God. And for us, it all begins by receiving Christ, whom to know is life eternal. – Richard W. De Haan
Sing praise to God who reigns above,
The God of all creation,
The God of power, the God of love,
The God of our salvation. – Schutz
Life’s greatest tragedy is to lose the sense of God’s presence and not to miss it.
- July 21, 1984, Our Daily Bread