I picked up a hitchhiker a few years ago. I was on my way to an appointment when I passed a teenage boy with a book bag over his shoulder. It was one of those moments I argued with God. “You need to turn around and pick that kid up,” God said. “No, I don’t want to; I’ll be late for my meeting,” I replied. “You need to do it anyway.” “You always make me do things I don’t want to do…….”
Soooo, I turned around and pulled up beside the young man. I asked if he needed a lift to which he replied, “Yes.” Apparently he had missed his ride to school but was determined he was not going to be absent. I asked which school it was and directions to get there. I was blown away when I dropped him off; it was at least 10 miles from where I picked him up. His commitment to be in class, no matter how late he already was or how far he had to walk, was nothing short of amazing.
People today are scared of hitchhikers, me included. Picking up strangers is not a habit I practice routinely. However, what if you passed a stranded driver or someone in need of assistance, and as you approached them, you recognized the person as your father. That would be completely different. Your father is not a stranger; he is someone you know and trust. You know him because you’ve lived with him all of your life. You’ve spent countless hours in his presence.
One of the greatest obstacles to our Christian growth is that we don’t know our Father. You can’t know someone unless you spend time with them. Confidence in relationships is developed from shared experiences, learning how a person responds to adversity and good fortune.
The book, “Knowing God” by J. I. Packer has had an enormous influence on my understanding of God. Here is a quote from Goodreads.com
“Guidance, like all God’s acts of blessing under the covenant of grace, is a sovereign act. Not merely does God will to guide us in the sense of showing us his way, that we may tread it; he wills also to guide us in the more fundamental sense of ensuring that, whatever happens, whatever mistakes we may make, we shall come safely home. Slippings and strayings there will be, no doubt, but the everlasting arms are beneath us; we shall be caught, rescued, restored. This is God’s promise; this is how good he is.”
― J.I. Packer, Knowing God
Ephesians 1:17 – NIV
17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.
The greatest tools we have to knowing God are the Bible and prayer. The more time we invest in those two things, the better our relationship with him will be and the more we will understand his plan for all mankind and for us.
Let’s all raise our mugs together with a fresh resolve to know and understand our Father better!