Writing has been in my heart for a long time, but the opportunity to do so in a consistent and constructive way has eluded me for years. I finally determined that creating a blog would provide a venue where I could write about things that were important to me, and on a schedule that I could manage. So, I am excited to launch this new blog today, with a focus on spiritual priorities that I believe are of the highest importance.
I have actually pondered the idea of starting this blog for quite awhile, wondering just what its focus should be. Even in the spiritual realm, where my heart’s interests lie, there are many ideas and topics, each of which could become the focus of a blog. However, my experience has been that things work out best when I let God direct my steps instead of relying on my own ideas or perspectives – as Proverbs 3:5-6 states. So I made it a matter of prayer, asking God to show me what the focus of the contemplated blog should be.
After considering many ideas and discarding each one as I did not have the inner sense or peace that any of them were my answer, I was praying about it again a week ago – on April 19th to be exact. Suddenly, the words “to know and to love God” came to mind, like an arrow that had found its mark! It happened so quickly, that I was initially tentative and unsure whether this could be the answer that I had been praying for! However, as I reflected on those words – “to know and to love God”, I soon developed a strong sense that it was very right, that it was from God and that it was a most worthy topic indeed!
Besides the unusual way in which this topic came to me, which in itself was convincing, there are other reasons why a focus on knowing God and loving God is so great. These two ideas are foundational in Scripture and central to the message of the Bible. Let me expand on that for a minute or two.
When a lawyer came to Jesus asking, “Teacher, which command in the law is the greatest?”, Jesus replied this way: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important command.” (Matt. 22:37). If Jesus, the Son of God, would say this, then that is very strong assurance that there is nothing greater! Jesus was actually quoting from Deuteronomy 6:5 when he answered; the command was originally given to Israel as a key part of their Old Testament covenant relationship with God. So, in both Old and New Testaments, the idea of loving God is shown to be of the highest priority.
However, in order to love God, one first has to know about Him. This also happens to be a primary concern of God – that people will know who He is. While God is essentially hidden from being seen with physical eyes, He has revealed Himself in many and varied ways, so that people would see Him with eyes of faith, come to know who He is, and then experience a growing relationship with Him. Consider just a few of many Biblical verses that speak about this:
- The wise person should not boast in his wisdom; the strong should not boast in his strength; the wealthy should not boast in his wealth. But the one who boasts should boast in this: that he understands and knows me… (Jeremiah 9:23-24)
- He did this so that they might seek God, and perhaps they might reach out and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. (Acts 17:27)
- Be still, and know that I am God. (Psalm 46:10)
What an incredible thought – that God, the creator of the universe wants us to know Him! What could be greater than that? Further reading and study of this idea will show that this is the main reason we are alive at all – that God created us for a relationship with Him. I will write more on that topic in future posts.
So, yes, the two key thoughts in the name of this blog and website – to Know God, and to Love God – are very Biblical, are foundational and they are of the highest importance in our living!
These may be new concepts to some. However, for those who already know these truths, I hope that further reading and reflection on what this really means will result in a new understanding and a heart appreciation of the opportunity that God extends to each of us. I hope that such reflection might also bring about a spiritual transformation and result in a much deeper and richer relationship with God. Such a change would affect not only that person, but also the lives of others around them.
That is why I have undertaken this new venture. I hope that the things I share today and from time to time in the days, weeks and months that follow will be informative, a blessing, and be used by God for good!
Thank you for reading, and I invite you to follow this blog. Your feedback and questions are also always welcome. Blessings!