“But let him that glories, glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD which exercises lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth; for in these things I delight, says the LORD.” Jeremiah 9:24. We have a reason to be excited! Why? Because we know the Lord. We know He is a God of lovingkindness, judgment and righteousness! Or do we? The Lord wants us to know Him. You see, there are many people today that know a lot “about” God but they do not “know Him”. Now some of you are probably saying to yourself, “how can he make that statement?” Just look around you today and observe the people that live their lives totally contrary to lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness. How about all of us that think we know God, but are always trying to have faith or very rarely demonstrate the power of God in our life? You see, there is a place in God beyond believing and that is knowing. This is a place where our conscious, that knowing faculty of our personage is so in tune with the Father that there is no more striving, no more wondering if it is going to work, no more questioning the outcome of things, but knowing like we know our names the reality of Almighty God and His kingdom. Sound heavy? Let me give you an example or two in the natural.
I don’t have to exercise faith to be a man, to go home to my wife, to drive my car, or to sleep in my own bed. Why? Because I know that this is who I am and that these things belong to me. It is the same knowing that needs to become reality to us in the things of the Spirit. Hosea 6:3, “Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: His going forth is prepared as the morning: and He shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.” The Father wants us to know Him. He lives in us. He has poured out His Spirit upon us. But we walk in all of it and all of Him by a continued furtherance of knowing Him. What is the condition of knowing Him? John 7:16, “Jesus answered them and said, my doctrine is not mine, but His that sent Me. If any man will do His will, he shall know the doctrine, whether it be God or whether I speak of Myself”. Do you see it? OBEDIENCE is the condition to receive this knowing of Him! Jesus said in John 8:31-32, “If you continue in my word, then you are my disciples indeed, and you shall know the truth (not have faith for the truth, but truly know the truth) and the truth will set you free.” You will be truly liberated from all error, from wondering, and from worrying. John 17:3,” And this is eternal life, that they might know you, the only true God and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” This is what Paul prayed for the church in Ephesians 1:15-23. and what he prayed for himself in Philippians 3:10, “that I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made comformable unto his death;” Is there a place beyond believing? I know there is!