God Knows YOU

this post was written by Pastor Chilly Chilton, the founding pastor of Courage Church. Chilly is currently preparing to launch Revolution Youth Ministry in Burlington, Vermont.

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GOD KNOWS YOU!
- DO YOU KNOW GOD?

I often chat will people who say they know God and yet, after further discussion, it becomes obvious that they don’t know God, they only know about God. There’s a difference. People tend to trust in someone else’s relationship with God and remain content in just knowing enough to feel religious and, occasionally, righteous. This isn’t God’s idea. He wants you to know Him personally for yourself. He knows you completely and still loves you. Amazing!

One of the most powerful statements in Scripture about following God comes as King David addresses his son, Solomon:

“And Solomon, my son, get to know the God of your ancestors. Worship and serve him with your whole heart and with a willing mind. For the LORD sees every heart and understands and knows every plan and thought. If you seek him, you will find him. But if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.” (1 Chronicles 28:9, TLB).

KNOW MORE THAN HISTORY

King David was telling Solomon that he should do more than know the history of what God did for the nation of Israel and how He set David over his kingdom. The Bible is far more than a history book – it’s a living book! It invites us to know God. So David’s desire for his son was that he would also get to know the God of Israel himself and develop a personal relationship with the One who meant so much to David throughout his life. If God referred to David as a man after His own heart, then it is safe to assume that David got to know God in an intimate way. Now David yearns for his son to have the same knowledge and closeness to his Creator. And God wants this for you!

KNOW GOD PERSONALLY

I want to challenge you to apply this Scripture passage to your own hearts. It is important that we know more than the facts of history relating to God and what He has done throughout the ages. We must know Him intimately through a relationship that reaches beyond facts to a personal knowledge of Jesus Christ. God’s love for you, yes you, compelled Him to give us the opportunity for grace when our sins merited us condemnation. Jesus tells us this clearly, "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God did not send his Son into the world to condemn it, but to save it.” (John 3:16-17, NLT)

GOD DESIRES YOU

Notice the second thing that King David pointed out to his son, Solomon. He wanted to stress two requirements for knowing God. He stresses that we serve God with a whole heart (healthy & complete) and a willing mind (alert & quick to obey). There is something about opening our lives---our emotions and mind---in search for God that involves an exercise of our will. When we have a clean heart and apply our will to serve God, the Bible says we will be rewarded with God’s blessing.

GOD KNOWS YOU

The last part of David’s challenge can be a bit troubling, but I am sure all of us are aware of the truth of David’s statement to his son: “the LORD sees every heart and understands and knows every plan and thought.” My friends, it is impossible to hide from God. And, why would we want to? He searches the very depths of our lives. He knows our thoughts and intentions. HE KNOWS YOU. We can pretend and raise facades that may make us look good before our family and friends, but let us remember that God sees every heart and understands and knows every thought. Knowing Him personally brings us the greatest reward of all: Life... eternal LIFE!

Do you know Him?

Just being REAL, Chilly 


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Chilly Chilton

Chilly Chilton is the founding pastor of Courage Church.