And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. John 17:3
It is God’s desire to have a personal relationship with his creation. This relationship would be based upon trust and faith in Him. From the beginning of time, His hearts desire when he created Adam was to be in a personal intimate relationship with us. But through the sin of Adam, all who born after that were now separated from God. In Genesis 3, God made a promise that he would send His Son, to destroy the works of Satan and restore us back into fellowship with Him. This mighty work would come through His Son Jesus who would die on the cross for our sins, overcome death and resurrect again to sit at the right hand of God. By this sacrifice, when we receive and put our hope in trust in Him, God then comes to make his home in our heart and gives up the gift of the Holy Spirit to live in us. This relationship is the beginning of developing a personal and intimate relationship with God.
God is near to us. He is Emmanuel, God with us. But few of us will really ever get to know God if we don’t spend time with Him. By this I mean not only talking to God through prayer, but also reading His word. Jesus is the embodiment of the word. His words are life, health and truth. They are a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. The word of God washes and cleanses our minds and we gain faith from hearing the word of God spoken. The word of God also provides wisdom and knowledge of who truly God is. The word of God will give us His will and plans for our lives, His promises to us who believe and what to expect. Without understanding God, we will never be able to fully trust and rely on God for his promises and his plans for our lives. That is why Jesus said that eternal life is not a destination of where we end up, but it is about a relationship with God and coming to know him. Paul tells us in Philippians 3:7-10
But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to death, if by any means I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.
We clearly see that Paul had a understanding of who God was. Through this knowledge he became more away that the things of this world, the knowledge we have in this age was nothing compared to knowing our God, our creator who died for us on the cross to reconcile us back to God. He knew that by gaining this knowledge we would gain faith, righteousness and be able to overcome the adversity of this world. Through God’s grace he would be able to be at peace with God and whatever he had planned for him. Knowing God brings in trust to help us in this life and to know that we are headed for a glorious destination.
God never promised us that we would not have problems in this world. We still live in a fallen world, but He did promise He would help us through the trials and pains in this life. He promised that He would comfort us, give us wisdom and hope that one day we would be reconciled back to Him and all pain and suffering would cease. By placing our hope and faith in Him today, we get a foretaste of His glory and goodness. As we spend time with Him, we will know that through any situation that all things do work for good for those who love God and are called to His purpose. Today my prayer is that you would really have eternal life and truly know God.