Perhaps you’ve heard a lot about God. You know that he sent his son Jesus, the second person of the Trinity, to die for humankind so that anyone who believes on him can live free of sin and death.
But maybe you’re still wondering how it is that you can interact with this God.
Here are three steps that can help you get to know God and grow in relationship with him: learn about his character, trust, and try.
Learn about his character
Everyone, whether consciously or subconsciously, has some idea of who God is. Some people may envision an intimidating dictator – someone who’s concerned with whether or not you’re following rules. Others may envision a loving father figure – someone who’s accepting and perhaps less concerned about how you live your life.
The key to forming a right view of God is exploring what the Bible says about him. The Bible describes God as someone who holds many attributes. For example, God is all loving, having mercy and also bringing justice. He’s personal: concerned with people and desiring relationships with them. He’s all-powerful: both above everything and sustaining everything. And the list goes on. To read more about his attributes see the blog: What is God Like? 5 Attributes.
Once you’ve learned more about God’s character, the next step is to trust/believe on who he is. Trust that he is all those things that the Bible teaches, and that the all-powerful God of the universe loves you and wants to be in fellowship with you. If you’re still having doubts, it’s ok to do more exploration. For example, you can read about why the Bible is reliable. In the end, however, trust must be involved. You have to trust on the evidence that you’ve discovered.
Now if you’ve learned about God and decided to trust in who he is, the next step in growing in your knowledge and relationship with him is to try. Try praying, reading the Bible, and interacting with him. It may seem strange or unnatural at first, but it’s worth it.
In this short video, Amena Brown, explains more about knowing God and trying: