Lenten Devotional for February 8


Can We Know

Read:   Psalm 100

Know that the LORD is God—
he made us; we belong to him.
We are his people,
the sheep of his own pasture. –Psalm 100:3

Reflect:

Let us occupy ourselves entirely in knowing God. The more we know [God], the more we will desire to know [God]. – Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God

In many ways, the Bible is a story of humanity’s attempt to know God. Sometimes this effort is as obvious as the tower of Babel (Gen. 11:1-9). Other times the Bible describes people working hard to avoid God. Many passages in the Old Testament describe people’s fear of what would happen if they saw God’s face. It’s as if we want to know God, but then we’re not so sure.

The Bible also tells a story of God’s desire to be known. The scriptures relate an unfolding drama of God’s never-ending desire to come to us – of God’s revealing. The highest expression of that desire is the gift of God’s self in the person of Jesus.

Pray:

God, draw me close so I can feel your presence. Help me not to be afraid so that I hide from you. Amen.

Respond:

What is your favorite Bible story? How is God known in that story?

excerpted from: The God We Can Know: Exploring the “I Am” Sayings of Jesus by Rob Fuquay. Copyright© 2014 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission

 

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