“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,” Ephesians 1: 17-18 (NIV)
Know God or know about God? Believe God or believe in God? It is amazing how one word can make a difference in the question. The one word can make a difference in the relationship that God has called us to with Him. In Ephesians, Paul is asking that God give us the Spirit of wisdom and revelation. He is not asking this so that we may become more knowledgeable about God; he is asking this so that we may know God better and that we may be enlightened to what He has called us to, His glorious inheritance.
When we say that we know about someone we are describing a general knowledge about that person. they are a teacher at my child’s school, or they are the person I see at the grocery store,,,,,,it’s that casual relationship, we say hi, we smile.
The relationship that we know is the relationship we interact with everyday. My daughter, I know her! I know how she is going to respond to my questions, I know how she is going to wake up and how she goes to sleep and I know how she will respond to dinner plans, how she responds to my text,,,you get the picture. I could say the same for my husband. These are two people that I know, I have a daily relationship with them. There is very little that we do not know with each other. It is a daily walking, talking and interacting relationship. We spend time together, always pleasant? Nope! That’s part of knowing each other, spending time with together.
That’s the kind of relationship that Paul is calling us to have with our Lord. The relationship that is daily walking, talking and interacting with our Father. This intimate relationship brings us to a knowledge of Him that grows and fills us. God loves us and gives the Spirit of wisdom and revelation. As we receive and accept the gifts we are enlightened to His truth and wonderful glory.
“Our faith is strengthened and expanded. We discover that the more we know God, the more we trust Him in situations we have not experienced before and circumstances which have intimidated us in the past. Our faith soars and our confidence in Him becomes steadfast and immovable.” ~ Loved by God, T.D. Jakes
Do more than know about Him, get to know HIM and ask God to enlighten your understanding.
Wrapped in His Arms,
Melinda Laird is a registered nurse and has been in nursing leadership for many years. She enjoys life in Oklahoma with her husband, Mike who she shares a passion for ministry. You can share in their ministry at blisscollective.org. Melinda is writing her first book to share her story of growing into a deeper relationship with Christ through a deep trust with Him.They have a daughter who keeps them busy participating in her activities while in the fun “tween/teen” years.