By Annette McDaniel
How do you get to know someone you have never met? You have no pictures, no physical description and only the testimony of those who claim to know Him.
A Third-grade teacher once asked her students to draw a picture of someone they would like to get to know. Most of the children drew historical figures or sports stars. As the class ended the teacher noticed that Johnny continued to draw. The teacher, hoping to be helpful asked, “Johnny who are you drawing?”
“I’m making a picture of God”, the boy replied.
“But no one knows what God looks like!” The teacher exclaimed.
Johnny smiled. “Well, they will when I am finished here!”
As believing adults we think we know God. We know about Him because of what has been written in the Bible by the Prophets and the Apostles when they wrote from close personal contact with Jesus Christ. But our thirst for knowledge of the Creator goes much deeper than that. Philosopher Blaise Pascal said, “There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man (and woman) which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God the Creator, made known through Jesus.”
When Moses asked God if he might see Him, he was allowed a glimpse of His glory from the cleft of a rock. (Exodus 33: 22-23) The apostle Paul had an even closer encounter with Him on the Damascus road. But after years of preaching and study, Paul’s letter to the Philippians muses, “that I might know Him”. (Philippians 3:10) Paul realized that there was so much more to the invisible God than he could ever know. “Oh, I want to see Him. Look upon His face”, we sing. Even then, we envision an artist’s rendering of Jesus, because God is a spirit and “no one has seen God at any time.” (John 1:18)
As a child, the Westminster Shorter Catechism taught me that our purpose in life was to “glorify God and enjoy him forever.” We need not see Him to glorify Him. If we do not praise Him, even the rocks will cry out, (Luke 19:40) and the trees will clap their hands. (Isaiah 55:12)
Jesus told the Samaritan woman at the well,” God is a Spirit and must be worshiped in Spirit and in Truth.” That is our mission; to draw our spirit closer to His Spirit daily. Consistent searching the Scriptures and the belief that the Bible is the infallible word of God, increases our faith so we desire to know Him even more. Through our study, we begin to see the enormous Love our Creator has for us. And we know it is true, “God IS Love!”
Blaise Pascal also believed. “The Knowledge of God is very far from the Love of Him.”
In our lifetime, we may never understand the infinite nature of God. But the good news is, that is why God gives us all of Eternity to continue learning and to discover the wonder of Him! That comforts me because as a child I was afraid that Heaven would be boring. Now I know better.