We discuss the clear directive found in Scripture to actively seek and grow in the knowledge of God. This pursuit is not only encouraged but commanded as a vital aspect of the Christian faith.
Scriptural Foundations for Seeking God
The Bible contains numerous exhortations to know God more deeply:
Direct Commands: Verses like Hosea 6:6, "For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings," emphasize the importance of knowing God over mere religious rituals.
Wisdom Literature: Books like Proverbs underscore the value of understanding and knowing God, framing it as the beginning of wisdom and the foundation of a meaningful life (Proverbs 1:7; 9:10).
Knowledge of God as Central to Christian Life
Understanding God is central to the Christian experience:
Personal Relationship: Christianity posits a personal relationship with God, which necessitates growing in the knowledge of His character, will, and ways.
Transformation and Growth: As believers increase in their knowledge of God, they experience spiritual growth and transformation, becoming more like Christ in character and action.
Means of Acquiring Knowledge of God
The Bible outlines various means through which believers can grow in their knowledge of God:
Study of Scripture: Engaging with the Bible is a primary way to understand God’s nature, character, and actions throughout history.
Prayer and Meditation: Through prayer and meditation on God’s Word, believers can deepen their understanding and relationship with God.
The Challenge of Knowing God
While the pursuit of knowing God is commanded, it also comes with challenges:
Finite Understanding: Human limitations and finite understanding can make comprehending the infinite God challenging.
Balancing Knowledge and Mystery: Believers must balance the pursuit of knowledge with the acceptance that some aspects of God’s nature remain mysterious and beyond human comprehension.
Conclusion: The Commanded Quest for God’s Knowledge
The pursuit of knowledge about God is a clear biblical command and a life-long journey for every believer. This quest enriches the Christian experience, deepening faith and understanding, and fostering a more intimate relationship with God. It is a journey marked by both discovery and reverence, leading to spiritual maturity and a greater appreciation of the divine.
About the Author
EDWARD D. ANDREWS (AS in Criminal Justice, BS in Religion, MA in Biblical Studies, and MDiv in Theology) is CEO and President of Christian Publishing House. He has authored over 220+ books. In addition, Andrews is the Chief Translator of the Updated American Standard Version (UASV).