Why do we pursue God after He is already our Lord and Savior?
One reason is that God adopted us into His family in order for us to
have a relationship with Him. We may think we already know God, or rather, know about Him, but truly seeking to know God is to explore a vast storehouse with continual, new, and amazing discoveries. His love is higher than imaginable. It’s deeper than the greatest depths of the ocean. His love for us is wider than the expanse of the universe. It is greater than we can possibly fathom. But, we can still grow in our understanding, knowledge, and relationship with God every single day.
We seek God because Jesus says, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart, I’ve overcome the world.” Trouble will come. Trials will come. However, if you really know God and His character, if you know His fingerprints, if you know He is the author of every good and perfect gift, whatever trouble comes you’ll be able to trust in God’s mighty ability to work all things for your good.
Another reason to pursue knowing God intimately is that we are called to intentionally follow Him.
“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27
And why would we ever not want to follow such a gracious and good God? His presence provides restoration, comfort, protection, mercy, and infinite love. I believe those who don’t closely follow after God have either been deceived or really don’t know Him yet.
Even if we read the Bible often and gain an understanding of who God is, we may still be neglecting a real relationship with Him. If we don’t (or fail to) seek fellowship with our personal, living God, we’re missing the whole point of our adoption as His kids! Can you imagine only knowing about your best friend but never really knowing them? No way! Of course not.
You see, it’s possible to know about God and do ‘Christian’ things without really knowing Him.
It’s painful to be neglected, isn’t it? It feels like rejection. Decide right now not to ignore or neglect your loving Father. Seek to know Him intimately. Throw off every distraction and follow hard after your faithful Savior and Lord.
Who do you know God to be by personal experience, right now?
Jesus asked his disciples in Mark 8:29, “What about you? Who do you say that I am?”
How thoroughly can you answer that question?
How wonderful would it be if, the next time you are in a crisis, instead of leaning on someone else’s revelation of who God is, you stand on the firm foundation of your own discoveries of God’s nature because you’ve sought to know Him deeply through the Word of God?
Can you think of other good reasons to pursue knowing God? Based on what you can learn from the Bible, create an ongoing list of reasons why we should pursue knowing God more and more.
Here are some references from the New Testament to get you started: Matthew 11:29, John 10, John 14:6, Matthew 6:33 and Hebrews 11:6.