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As I have been pondering about life, I had these thoughts that came into my head that I hope will also be a blessing to you.
Man was made in God’s image and likeness so that he might be able to commune with God. No other earthly creatures can have that experience. It is a unique aspect of man’s creation. Man, walking in the Garden, knew God and would have grown to know God more. When God appeared to Abram, in Genesis 15, He said to him, “Do not fear, Abram, I am a shield to you; your reward shall be very great.” The Hebrew is a little ambiguous there and thus the King James has it, “I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.” God Himself was Abram’s reward! Not only would God be his protection against all enemies, but God would reward Abram’s obedience with a greater intimacy and knowledge of God Himself. We find a similar thing in Acts 5:32 where Peter said, “We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him.” Obedience to God brings great blessings, and the greatest is God Himself. To have eternal fellowship with the Self-Existing and Eternally Blessed God is a wonderful promise held out to Mankind, who are made in God’s image. I believe the same statement given to Abram was given to Adam: I am thy exceeding great reward. Be content in that.
However, man apparently was not content with that. Adam lost this reward and the promise of blessing held out to him when he disobeyed God and took the forbidden fruit. In that temptation, Satan held out an interesting promise to Adam and Eve: “God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” They already had a promise of knowing God, and that knowledge of God, that relationship, was a great blessing indeed. But Satan twisted it and told man that he should shoot for equality with God. Fellowship with God is good, but equality with God is better! They should have waited for God because He was going to bless them with greater knowledge. He was going to bless them with a deeper relationship with Himself. God was going to glorify them! But they chose to take a short-cut, that is to cut God out of the picture and turn to self as the measure for understanding all good and evil. They chose to exalt the creature rather than the Creator. And as they made their choice for the creature rather than the Creator, their minds were given over to depravity and their foolish hearts were darkened. They reached out for knowledge but lost the real knowledge.
Like the Jews of old, we might like to think of that description of having foolish darkened depraved hearts as reserved for those “others,” you know, the heathen, the ungodly, the pagans. But we are all descended from Adam and we all have the same proclivity towards chasing after what appears to be good rather than following that which is real good. We have been born again by the power of the Holy Spirit and He has united us to Christ. In Him we have been restored and have been given the knowledge of God. Nonetheless, how sad it is that we squander the great privilege. Twice blest; created to commune with God but lost it in the Fall, but redeemed to have it again. That is why Paul exhorted the Colossians to “put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him” (Col. 3:10) and his prayer for the Philippians was that their “love may abound still more and more in REAL KNOWLEDGE and all discernment.” In John 17:3, Jesus prayed to the Father and said, “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” Jesus said eternal life is to know God. That is what it means to be saved. That’s what it means to be a Christian.
Yet, do we count the knowledge of God as precious? We can know God as no other creature can. Dogs, cats, giraffes, hippopotamuses, birds, fishes, and even the holy angels of God cannot know God as we do. Did you read that? Even the angels can’t know God as you and I do! Is it our chief joy and delight to commune with God? Or do we seek in only minimally? 1 1/2 hours in Sunday worship. Enough. Okay, we can’t get together on Sundays right now, but 1/4 hour during the weekdays, sufficient. We can easily substitute the ministry of the church for our own personal devotion, but now God has given us an opportunity to seek His face in the silence. Take advantage of this, dear Christian. Don’t squander the privilege and gift given to us in Christ to know God.
Loving and missing you all,