Matt 16:13; Mark 8:27
It’s been said that knowledge is growing at a faster rate today than ever before in history. We can credit most of the knowledge boom to the internet. If you want to fix your car, learn how to braid hair a certain way, or even figure out how to best format that resume for optimum results, all you have to do is ‘Google it’ and very often you’ll find that you can even watch a video example on YouTube. We are truly blessed to have such a wealth of information at our fingertips (literally). From a Christian perspective you can even ‘Google’ information on bible passages, bible background, and church history.
But for all of that available knowledge, has it really helped us as Christians to get to know God better? Sure we can know more ABOUT the bible. We even know more cool things about the bible, like just how much the tabernacle was a picture of Christ, or the estimated population of Bethlehem when Jesus was born – but there’s a knowledge that is more important than ‘fact’ knowledge provided by the internet and research… it’s called: knowing God.
To know God we must stop digging for cool facts, start taking in His word and taking it in at face value. Paul said to the Corinthians “I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” God has given us the scriptures in order to reveal to us all that we need to know Him, to know His plan for us, and to live for Him. The scriptures always point us to Christ, and knowing Him is the most important knowledge. Jesus said “if you have seen Me, you have seen the Father” (John 14:5-11). But knowing Him isn’t just about researching Him; it’s about reading His word and then applying it to our lives so that we can see and experience the heart of God. No amount of information found on the internet can help us grow closer to the heart of God. The only way to know God that way is to walk WITH Him in His ways. In Mark’s gospel we read that “He [Jesus] appointed twelve, that they might be with Him… (Mark 3:14)” and from there He could send them out with power. This kind of knowledge only comes by faith. It’s a knowledge that will change your life far more than learning about braids, cars, or resumes. So read His word, walk by faith as He seeks to lead you and walk with you, and then enjoy the fullness of knowing God.