Lord, I Want To Know You - Encouragement for Today

Lord, I Want to Know You

Renee Swope

Those who know your name trust you, O LORD, because you have never deserted those who seek your help.

(Psalm 9:10 GW)

I had heard great things about LeAnn, but I didn’t really know her until we worked together. And the more I was with her, the more I discovered traits I admired and enjoyed—especially her dry sense of humor and unique way of making people feel noticed and loved. As our friendship deepened, I also learned LeAnn was dependable—something I discovered only when I needed her help and she came through for me.

I’ve found my relationship with God grows in a similar way. Whatever I may know about God, I won’t really know God personally until I spend time with Him and depend on Him. I learn to trust His heart by interacting with Him and experiencing His character in personal ways.

The book of Judges features a fascinating story that illustrates how this same dynamic happened in the life of a man named Gideon. No one expected much of Gideon, including Gideon himself. He belonged to a weak tribe and described himself as the least important member in his family (Judges 6:15). So it was not surprising that he was somewhat skeptical when the angel of the Lord appeared to him, called him a mighty warrior, and announced he would defeat a powerful enemy army. At this point, Gideon only knew about God. He had heard of God’s faithfulness in other people’s lives, but he didn’t know God personally.

Asking for a sign that it really was the Lord talking, Gideon obediently set out a meal of bread and meat. When the angel touched them with the tip of his staff, fire flared from the rock on which the meal sat, consuming the food. Instantly, Gideon realized this individual was indeed the angel of the Lord. “Alas, Sovereign LORD!” he exclaimed, “I have seen the angel of the LORD face to face!” (Judges 6:22).

Gideon was terrified. Immediately, the Lord said to him, “Peace! Do not be afraid. You are not going to die” (Judges 6:23). Then “Gideon built an altar to the LORD there and called it The LORD IS Peace” (Judges 6:24). God revealed His character by demonstrating His power and by giving Gideon peace. Now Gideon not only knew about God, he knew God personally.

Just like my relationship with LeAnn has deepened as I’ve gotten to know her better, my relationship with Jesus has grown over time. I’ve come to love Him more as I’ve experienced His unfailing love for me. I’ve learned to trust Him as I’ve gotten to know His heart and His character. And it’s much easier to trust someone I know.

One way to know God better is to focus on one of the Bible’s names for God. For example, if we want to know God as our healer, we pray to Jehovah Rapha and ask for the healing we need—spiritually, emotionally, mentally, or physically. If we want to know God as our provider, we pray to Jehovah Jireh, ask Him to meet our needs each day, and then look for His provisions.

We will grow in our relationship with Jesus and our confidence in Him will deepen as we live in this promise: “Those who know your name trust you, O LORD, because you have never deserted those who seek your help” (Psalm 9:10 GW).

Dear Lord, I want to know You by name and experience the fullness of all that You are. Help me trust and follow You more and more each day. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

REMEMBER

We learn to trust God’s heart by interacting with Him and experiencing His character in personal ways.

REFLECT

What captivates you about God’s names?

RESPOND

Keep a list of God’s names with you to remind you of who He is.

POWER VERSES

Proverbs 18:10; Genesis 22:13–14; Judges 6:24

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Encouragement for Today
By Renee Swope, Lysa TerKeurst, Samantha Evilsizer
Zondervan
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