How many times have we said “I’m starving!!!” in our life. Me… a lot. A WHOLE LOT! However, in reality 99% of people that read this have no idea what real starvation feels like. All we know is our body is telling us “HEY I’M HUNGRY!” So, naturally when the feeling of “starving” hits we fill the need our body has for food.
Here lately I’ve been starving to KNOW God. Probably more than I can ever remember in my life God has placed a hunger inside me to get to know Him. Not just to know more about Him, but to really KNOW Him. It may sound subtle and like splitting hairs but there is a really big difference in “knowing about” somebody and “knowing” them. Let me try to explain. I can know A LOT about Shaquille O’Neal and in high school I did. As an Orlando Magic fan in the early to mid 90’s “Shaq” was the big deal here in central Florida where I grew up. He was my favorite basketball player and I knew a whole lot about him. I knew his stats, I read books about him, knew his parents names, where he went to school, his shoe size, what cars he drove. There wasn’t much about Shaq that I didn’t know. But I didn’t really know him. Had you gone up to Shaq and said “Hey, Jon Rearden knows you” he wouldn’t know who in the world you were talking about, because even though I knew about him I didn’t know him.
That’s where I’ve been in the last couple weeks in my relationship with God. I know about God, but I’ve had a real hunger to get past knowing about Him and moved into a place of knowing Him. I know this sounds like elementary Christian 101 stuff, but I believe it’s missing in much of the church today. I believe much of the church has stopped at a false finish line. We’ve taken knowing “about God” as adequate knowledge for our Christian walk and called off the pursuit of really knowing God.
Currently, I am reading “God Chasers” by Tommy Tenney and in the book he makes a statement that is so true. He says, “It’s simply not enough to know about God. We have churches filled with people who can win Bible trivia contests but who don’t know Him.” We need to have a longing for knowing Him not just knowledge about Him. The power we need to make a difference comes in knowing Him. The ability to make an impact for heaven comes when we seek to know Him. Time in His presence comes through knowing Him. Helping to bring salvation to the lost comes through knowing Him.
The good news is He’s not hiding. All the while we’re chasing Him He’s not running away He’s running toward us saying “Well it’s about time.” Look at these scriptures… Isaiah 55:6 “Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near.” Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” I mean you can find scripture after scripture that says you when you desire Him and the things of Him you’ll find what you’re exactly what you’re looking for and even more. Let’s get hungry to know Him. Let’s move past the religious “knowing about Him” Sunday School Bible Quiz badge we pin on our shirts are so proud of and get hungry to know Him.