Knowing God (Pt II): Inner Voice
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The fool says in his heart,
"There is no God."
They are corrupt, their deeds are vile;
there is no one who does good.
Actually, we know about God only when we know for ourselves. We have to realize for ourselves that God exists.
How can we know who we are? If we look at a cup, and try to find meaning inside of the cup, we cannot find it. We should first know who created the cup, then we will know why the cup was made. Man created cup to drink water from it. Similarly, if we want to know the meaning of our lives, we should know the Creator. Then we will know that the Creator made us to love Him. He made us for love, which is apparent even in this broken world of imperfect relationships, but hard to see because man is corrupted, and the love inside of the man is incomplete and mixed with ugly things.
If we don't know God, we cannot know the meaning of our lives. So if we want to live a successful life, we need to know God.
When there is a crisis in life, the fundamental reason is ignorance of God. That is the fundamental matter. If we do not know God for real, everything will be shaken. What is the foundation of creation? That is the knowledge that God exists.
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
Though we say we know God, but do we really know God? Do we live in Him to continually know His existence, and become alive in Him?
1 As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, my God.
2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
Amazingly, we don't know anything from beginning to end, but we long for eternity. Is there anyone reading this who does not have a spirit? God made us, and God gave us the spirit. Always the spirit is alive and it has a voice. If we become transparent, clear, and we can listen to the voice of God, we realize that we are longing for eternity, something deeper, something noble. Our spirit is always seeking for God, as deer pants for living water. Actually, our spirit wants to be drawn nearer to God. That is how we were created. So all spirits know God. There is no exception. Even criminals, they know God and are seeking God. It is not about education or experiences. There is real desire in us to seek God.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
Some people say they have no longing for God. When we ask people, "Do you want to meet God." They answer, "I don't have any interest in God." How can that be possible? We were created for God. Because there is something blocking between us and God. That is sin. We can call it different names: business, worries, desires, and many idols in our heart. But if we look at it in the fundamental way, it is sin. Because our hearts are dark, we cannot see God, we cannot feel God, and we cannot perceive the inner longing for God.
Actually we know that we are not an existence that can stand on their own. We know that we can be shaken. So there is anxiety. Because we know that we are limited when we are away from God.
Human souls are like sunflowers, and it is made to look at the sun. If it is not looking at the sun, then it is not a healthy sunflower. That is the relationship between God and us. That is inside of our nature.
But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
When we go and meet God personally face to face, we should lay down our thinking. We should not be satisfied with meeting God superficially, but meet God deeply. While we are praying deeply, we can meet God.