“But the People who know their God will be strong.” Daniel 11:32
Last month I shared the number one verse on my list of verses that have deeply touched my life. Today I want to share with you the second verse on that list. It is the verse that I quoted above. Many years ago I was challenged when I read A.W. Tozer’s books THE PURSUIT OF GOD and THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE HOLY. Let me share with you some of the things I learned.
FIRST, I was amazed to understand that to KNOW God was more than to acquire knowledge about Him. The word that Daniel used in the above passage was the same word used in the book of Genesis where it says that Adam knew Eve and that she conceived a child. The word KNOW as used here talks about a deep and intimate relationship. We can know people on many levels, but God wants us to KNOW Him intimately. I discovered that this takes time and experience.
SECONDLY, I discovered that God wants us to KNOW Him. He desires a close and loving relationship with us. In Exodus 34:14 Moses makes this very clear to the children of Israel. “You must worship no other gods, but only the Lord, for he is a God who is passionate about his relationship with you.” Throughout the whole Bible we see that it is God who pursues man. If we are honest with ourselves we are able to see that God is pursuing us. In every experience of life, HE IS THERE trying to get our attention so that we can come close to Him.
THIRDLY, I saw that there was great value in knowing God intimately. I know that there is great value to God. He made us for relationship with Himself. When we come close to Him, He loves it. BUT there is also great value for me.
- In Daniel 11:32-33 we are told that KNOWING God gives us STRENGTH. It helps us to do extraordinary things through His power. Our lives will minister to others.
- In 2 Peter 1:2-4 we receive Grace and Peace through our knowledge of God. We are also told that we will have all that we need for life and Godliness and we will be partakers of His divine nature.
- In Romans chapter eight we find great STABILITY for our lives. He INTERCEDES for us. In all things He works for our good. God is for us and NOTHING can separate us from His love.
You can search the scriptures and find many more benefits that come to those who truly KNOW God.
FINALLY, because of Jesus and what he has done for and in me I have been born into the family of God and I have God as MY FATHER. That is an incredible thought for me today. I am part of God’s family. Jesus not only gave us this privilege, but also sent HIS SPIRIT to live in us. We have His spiritual genes in us.
I can say today, that THE PEOPLE WHO KNOW GOD ARE STRONG! How about you? He is WAITING for us to respond to His pursuit.