Habit 3: Know God

Knowledge is the foundation for a relationship. Intimacy is only possible to the degree we know a person and have a right perception of them.

God wants us to know what He is really like. What are His character traits?  What’s important to Him? What pleases Him?

When you’re in love with someone, you want to find out everything you can about the other person. Is that your experience with God?

The apostle Paul shared his prayer for the Ephesians,

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. (Ephesians 1:17, NIV)

God reveals Himself to us in several different ways. We can see His fingerprints in the intricate design of the created world around us. We can see His mind and heart in the Bible.  In the Gospels we can also see God’s marvelous character lived out in the person of Jesus Christ, who came to earth to walk among us on a path that leads to heaven.

God inspired holy men of old to record His “autobiography.” Called the Holy Bible, its pages reveal liberating truths and life-changing insights. The priority we place on reading, studying, and memorizing Scripture indicates the importance we place on knowing Him.

The Bible contains God’s love letters to us. These are the words of our Creator, the heavenly Father who adopted us, the loving Savior who died for us, the Holy Spirit who indwells us.

The Bible has been supernaturally infused with power to accomplish the eternal objectives of its divine Author.

But we must get to know Him better. Use the following questions to stimulate new interest in reading God’s Word:

  • God’s attributes: What are God’s character traits?
  • God’s names: How do God’s names reflect His roles in relating to His people?
  • God’s ways: What are God’s methods?
  • God’s blessings: How has God demonstrated His love for me?
  • God’s commandments: What does God want me to do?
  • God’s promises: How has God committed Himself to me?
  • God’s resources: How does God empower me, help me, and provide for me?

Do you want to know all about God? Do you appreciate and treasure the glimpses you receive through His handiwork and written word? Are you eager to discover even more?

Ask the Holy Spirit to open your eyes as you read the Bible so you can behold the magnificent God whose outstretched arms invite you to know Him intimately.