“Be still, and know that I am God” Psalm 46:10
Friend, assuredly, you may have had many calls from God before now: the call to repent of your sins, the call to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, the call to be a Christian etc. I can understand why you have shut your heart against all these calls; at least, I know the very basic reason. You don’t really believe in GOD. You don’t really believe He exists. You don’t really believe what the Bible says He is. If you say to me now, “But I do believe in God”, I’ll simply say, “No, you don’t. You only believe what other people or your instincts have told you about God. You don’t really believe what God is saying about Himself in the Bible.”
See, here is your foundational problem. Because you don’t really believe in God, you don’t care about or believe what He says. For example, God says that you are a sinner bound to be eternally punished in Hell except you repent and be saved. But because you don’t believe in God, when you hear this, you throw it off with things like, “I’m not a sinner, I’m only a good guy who makes mistakes sometimes” and “Hell is not a real place, it’s just something Christians made up to frighten others into their religion” or “Hell is not a place you go to after you die in sin; it’s a feeling you have here on earth”
But God loves you so much than to leave you in darkness. So He begins to convict your heart of the truth of His Word. He gives you an undeniable witness in your heart that you are believing a lie. He impresses it in your heart that only His Word is truth and only His Word can save you. You know this is real in your heart, but your heart is hardened against God. So when you feel you cannot bear this conviction again, you run to other men for help – other men of your kind. You run to them for advice, you read their books for counsel, you follow their paths for instructions but deep down within you, you are following them simply because you want to receive things that will harden your heart the more against God. These people and their books do just that. They tell you that God is not a person; He is everything and everything is God. When they want to appeal more to your ego, they go as far as telling you that you are God! That seems to put you at the top right? So you nod your head and agree. Something deep down in you is pushing against these lies but you accept and meditate on them simply because they help you shut your heart against God more and more.
But when you look into the organised church, that doesn’t really help does it? When you want to get answers from some so-called pastors and Christians, all you get is a wooden-dry and stony religious pack thrown at your fore-head. What is worse? When you look at some also, or listen to some messages or read some books, what really comes out of them is nothing but “money – prosperity – fame – self-exaltation etc”. You don’t really see any life in there do you?
Poor soul, it is no wonder the struggle in your heart. It is no wonder the restlessness in your soul. It is no wonder the fear and paranoid that grips and eats you. But will God leave you in this condition? Certainly not! God loves you so much than to leave you in darkness.
There are so many questions in your mind. They are so many that I’m sure even you cannot ask them all at once. But there is one question in every heart – the deepest question in every heart, “Who is God and what is He really like?” I will not try to answer the question for you here; God has promised to answer the question Himself! He said, “Be still, and know that I am God”. When He says this, what does He really mean? He means be still: stop hardening your heart against Him and against the reality of His existence. He means stop seeking and searching for the answers to your question in lying men and false books and vain philosophies. He also means for you not to run around going to pastors and Christians to seek help. He means it just as He said it, “Be still”. God has actually promised to reveal Himself to you personally if you will only be still. I don’t need to give you further assurance on this; God Himself made the promise, let He Himself fulfil it.
He wants you to come to the place where you are sincere with yourself and say, “There is a deep and real hunger in my heart to know God. I will not harden my heart anymore. I will not run to others to tell me about God anymore. If God is real, let Him reveal Himself to me. If He is real, let me hear His Voice in my heart and come to know Him personally and intimately”. Friend, it is as though God Himself is saying, “You have had many wrong thoughts about Me. You have ran to others to tell you about Me. But now, I want to reveal Myself personally to you. If you will sincerely and diligently seek Me, I will surely reveal Myself to you and you will know that I AM GOD”.
Are you sincere? So while you have put away those books and things and thoughts and people that you have had before now, there are two things that you must begin to do:
- PRAY TO GOD:
“This is what the LORD says, He who made the earth, the LORD who formed it and established it-the LORD is His name: ‘Call to Me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things that you do not know”
Here is a direct Word from the Lord Himself. From this, I hope you can see that I am not the one giving you prescriptions on how to know God. I am merely pointing you to God’s daring and loving promise as written in the Holy Scriptures. “Call to Me” He said, “and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things that you do not know”. Now you do not need me at this point to tell you how to go about the prayer. All I can say is this, be truly sincere in your heart and talk to God as openly and plainly as you would speak to a good father on earth.
- SEARCH THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (THE HOLY BIBLE)
“…The Scriptures are able to make you wise. And that wisdom leads to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by God and is useful for teaching and for showing people what is wrong in their lives. It is useful for correcting faults and teaching how to live right.”
2 Timothy 3:15-16
“You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart”
God calls and challenges you to seek Him diligently by reading and meditating on His Word. This is the only possible way you can truly know God personally and intimately. Read the Bible for yourself and God will be there to tell you what it means!
The question is not, “will God reveal Himself to me?” the question is, “am I truly sincere in seeking to know this marvellous Person called GOD?” You will know Him personally if you are truly sincere. So get on with knowing God personally and come join me work to save others!