Summary: Are you satisfied with merely knowing the acts, and power of God, or do you want to know the Miracle Worker?
KNOWING THE GOD OF POWER
"7 And the Lord said to Moses, “Go, get down! For your people whom you brought out of the land of Egypt have corrupted themselves. 8 They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them. They have made themselves a molded calf, and worshiped it and sacrificed to it, and said, ‘This is your god, O Israel, that brought you out of the land of Egypt!" Exodus 32:7-8.
The Lord delivered the children of Israel from slavery, oppression and bondage under Pharaoh in Egypt. He separated the waters of the Red sea for them to cross over. God was with them! He gave them manna from heaven every day. Yet, they created another god to worship. They knew about God's power but they didn’t know the God of power. The people saw His acts, deeds, miracles, sings and wonders. But, they didn't know His ways, character, and nature. Exodus 33:13. The children of Israel only saw what God did. But Moses knew His ways. "He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel." Psalm 103:7. Moses knew the ways of God because he had a personal, intimate relationship with Him. “And so the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his friend.” Exodus 33:11. So if you want the power of God working in your life, you must know the miracle-working God. He's the source of power!
"that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death," Philippians 3:10.
The word “know” is speaking of intimacy. It is to become acquainted with. To know is to understand, perceive, or have knowledge of. It is to be aware of through observation, inquiry, or information. To know is to be familiar with. To understand or be familiar with God is the highest form of knowledge. To know God is to have a relationship with Him. It is to spend time with God. Relationship only develops as you spend quality time with Him. Knowing God is acknowledging Him. It is not a religious exercise but a personal commitment. When Apostle Paul wrote this letter to the Philippians church, he had been walking with God for many years. He had preached Christ to others. Yet, he was not content. His heart's cry was to know God more intimately and personally. Is that your prayer? When we spend time knowing Him, we grow deep roots that helps us to stand firm in times of trouble. We are strong because we understand who He is and what He can do.
"So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed." Luke 5:16.
The key to Jesus’ ministerial success on earth was the intimacy He had with His Father. Frequently He withdrew from people, activities, and the demands of ministry, so as to be alone with His Father. Jesus talked with His Father. He listened to Him. He enjoyed an intimate relationship with God. "As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep." John 10:15. Jesus came so that we might understand His intimacy and closeness to the Father. He came to reveal and help us know Him. Everything He said and did, and, in fact, the entire Scriptures, leads us to God. Jesus didn’t come to the world just to heal, and teach, He came mainly to reveal who God is and how we can have a lifetime relationship with Him. Jesus is our perfect example! Every believer, pastor, teacher, evangelist, prophet, apostle, or leader, needs to learn from Jesus’ example of intimacy with God. We must seek Him, love Him, obey Him, and serve Him the way our Lord and Savior showed us. When we take time to be alone with God, we are transformed. When we spend time in His presence, we're empowered. Those who know God have peace of mind. They're able to stand up to every storm knowing He's in control and whatever He does is good. Psalm 91:14-16. The people who know their God have divine wisdom. They bear fruit and increase in every good work. Those who know their God are always rejoicing because they know when trial comes, it is going to lead to a testimony. James1:2-4. "Those who do wickedly against the covenant he shall [a]corrupt with flattery; but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits." Daniel 11:32. Do you desire to know God? Are you satisfied with merely knowing the power of God, or do you also want to know His ways? Do you really long to know God, and to have an intimate relationship with Him?