By Kelly, USA
The other day, when I chatted with a net friend, he said: “Since I was born, I’ve constantly heard adults say: ‘There is a spirit watching right above your head.’ I myself approve of this word as well, for it can be seen that this world is so mysterious. Moreover, there are so many supernatural phenomena and matters beyond human understanding. However, I have no idea how to know God.” This question perplexed many people. Here I’d like to talk about some of my simple understanding of this issue.
1. Having a Knowledge of God From All Things
Since coming in contact with this world, we have beheld all things like the stars and the cosmos, and the mountains, rivers and lakes as well as wind, rain, thunder and electricity, and appreciated the wonder and mysteriousness of nature. Most people may wonder: Where does nature come from? How do the wind, frost, snow, and rain form and where do they come from or go to? Every day it can be seen that the sun rises from the east in the morning and sets in the west in the evening; the moon becomes full on the fifteenth day of every lunar month; All four seasons of the year—spring, summer, fall and winter—replace one another over and over…. All kinds of natural phenomena change regularly, and no man is capable of changing these laws. Especially when we see these phenomena, we all subconsciously feel that there is an unseen hand orchestrating everything, and that there is an inexorable power controlling all this. Actually, this supernatural power comes from God. It’s God who created this world. It is recorded in Genesis 1:1-31 inthat: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved on the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. … And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.” From these verses, we can know all things come into being by God’s words, and God is also ruling and managing everything at the same time. Just as the words of God say: “He is the One who has never been beheld by man, the One whom mankind has never known, in whose existence mankind has never believed, yet He is the One who breathed the breath into mankind’s ancestors and gave life to mankind. He is the One who supplies and nourishes mankind for its existence, and guides mankind up to the present day. Moreover, He and He alone is whom mankind depends on for its survival. He holds sovereignty over all things and rules all living beings beneath the universe. He commands the four seasons, and it is He who calls forth wind, frost, snow, and rain. He gives mankind sunshine and brings the coming of night. It was He who laid out the heavens and earth, providing man with mountains, lakes and rivers and all the living things within them. His deed is everywhere, His power is everywhere, His wisdom is everywhere, and His authority is everywhere. Each of these laws and rules is the embodiment of His deed, and every one of them reveals His wisdom and authority. Who can exempt themselves from His sovereignty? And who can discharge themselves from His designs? All things exist beneath His gaze, and moreover, all things live beneath His sovereignty. His deed and His power leave mankind with no choice but to acknowledge the fact that He really does exist and holds sovereignty over all things.” From all things we can see God’s marvelous deeds and achieve the knowledge of God.
2. Having a Knowledge of God by His Words
At the beginning, God created the world and led the life of mankind with His words. His will for man was expressed by His words. It is recorded in Gen in the Bible that: “And Jehovah God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat of it: for in the day that you eat thereof you shall surely die” (Gen 2:16-17). In these two scriptures, God reminded Adam and Eve not to eat the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of the good and evil. Otherwise they would die. It can be seen that God wished Adam and Eve to obey His commands so that they could live before Him all the time, and that He didn’t hope to see them die because of violating His words. God’s love for man is expressed by these two scriptures.
After having believed in God, we have come into contact with God’s words. And His words represent all that He has and is and show His disposition and essence. Therefore, through reading God’s words, we can not only know what He has told us but have the knowledge of His possessions and being. For instance, the words of God say: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). This word contains what God is. Thecame to the human world and was nailed to the cross in the likeness of sinful flesh; He accomplished the work of redemption, and made man free from the condemnation by law and gain the Lord’s forgiveness, which made man appreciate that God is love. He loved man to such an extent that He sacrificed His own life to save mankind without hesitation. This kind of love has transcended everything. To take another example, the words of God say: “And why behold you the mote that is in your brother’s eye, but consider not the beam that is in your own eye?” (Mat 7:3). God saying this word is to caution man not to always fixate our eyes on other people or scolding others, but to reflect on ourselves. Because everyone has the same corruption, can commit sins, and also has shortcomings and deficiencies, but the degrees are slightly different. This word also stands for a kind of attitude of God toward man, enabling us to see that He inspects people’s hearts and even more to see His righteousness. During the time when Peter was following the Lord Jesus, he often listened to the Lord Jesus’ preaching and saw His almightiness from His words as well as many wonders and miracles He performed; he beheld God’s merciful and loving disposition from the Lord’s work and words and also had the knowledge of God’s righteousness. … Therefore, if we want to know God, we must come to His presence, concentrate our efforts on His words, and ponder His words more. In this way we shall achieve the true knowledge of the Lord.
3. Having a Knowledge of God Through Individuals and Things Around Us
God is Spirit, so we are unable to see or touch. He accomplishes the work He wants to do through circumstances, which we can feel and appreciate after experiencing God’s work. I remember when I had believed in the Lord for two months, I seldom went to the church for listening to sermons because of busy work. Later, a big sister was employed in our company. When we chatted freely, she mentioned the matter of belief in the Lord, and then I told her my own situation. She persuaded me not to leave the Lord and also told me the story about His crucifixion for saving mankind. I was so deeply moved by His love and I, along with the big sister, went to the church for meetings on Sunday.
Maybe every brother and sister has such appreciation: In our work, sometimes when we had some accomplishments, we would feel pleased with ourselves, thinking we were capable. At this time, God would raise the people around us to prune and deal with us. When we always hit a wall or make mistakes, we would recognize that we were still incapable and then became honest and low-key; sometimes we felt perplexed when we encountered something we were unable to see through, but as we prayed to God, He made us understand and enlightened through a word of someone so that we have the path of practice. … After experiencing many things, every man will have some true knowledge of God’s faithfulness and almightiness. At the same time we can also see that His work is practical. He personally arranges people, events, and things as well as all kinds of circumstances to make us learn lessons we should learn, realize our own shortcomings and deficiencies, and learn how to be human beings and how to do things according to the words of God.
This is the God who created the heaven and earth and all things. He is right by our side at every moment. We cannot see Him, but each of us is living under His gaze and accepting His guidance and inspection without exception. The words of God say: “Until, one day, you will feel that the Creator is no longer a riddle, that the Creator has never been hidden from you, that the Creator has never concealed His face from you, that the Creator is not at all far from you, that the Creator is no longer the One that you constantly long for in your thoughts but that you cannot reach with your feelings, that He is really and truly standing guard to your left and right, supplying your life, and controlling your destiny. He is not on the remote horizon, nor has He secreted Himself high up in the clouds. He is right by your side, presiding over your all, He is everything that you have, and He is the only thing you have.” God has never been hidden from us and He is by our side at every moment. As long as we have the heart of loving justice and seeking light, we can truly behold and know God.
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