Last night I was awakened by the most incredible lightning storm scoring through the night sky. I stood in front of my window, staring into the darkness entirely in awe of the light show the Lord was putting on. I am no more in awe of the Lord than when I see His power displayed through creation, whether it’s a refreshing breeze on a hot day or an all-encompassing white-out blizzard. Both remind me that God is not only very present in our daily lives but that He is also very much so in control of them. Isn’t it amazing that the God who can rip the skies apart with lightning and shake the ground with thunder can also whisper to our hearts in the quiet moments of our days? I love that such a powerful God would want a personal relationship with me, one where I’m continually learning more about Him.
I think that many times we stereotype God or focus on only one aspect of Him that we like. When we do this, we pigeonhole our relationship with Him and how we tell others about Him. If we only focus on God as being [insert favourite part here], we miss out on His other enumerable characteristics. If we only tell people about Him parting the Red Sea, then they’ll miss Him in the still small voices. Focusing on one aspect of God’s nature can be dangerous because we begin to discount the other parts of Him that make us more uncomfortable.
The truth is that we will never be able to fully understand God or grasp all of His characteristics, but that doesn’t mean that we should stop seeking to know the Lord better. On the contrary, He is infinitely more than we could ever hope or imagine, and rather than giving ourselves tunnel vision over one specific attribute, we should be fostering a continually growing understanding of who the Lord is as a whole. We will never know the fullness of who God is, and I think that that’s a beautiful thing. Because so often, once we find out everything, there is to know about something, we lose interest and move onto something new. But with the Lord, He is our something new; He continually draws us forward in pursuit of Himself. And that pursuit is the beautiful, life-giving journey that we get to go on every day of our lives.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.Lamentations 3:22-27 ESV
Just as we can’t get to know someone through one conversation, we can’t hope to know the Lord through one interaction. It’s through a lifetime of conversations, commitment, trials, trust, and sanctification that we will know our God. And the wonderful thing is that there are always new things to learn, unique aspects of His nature to uncover, and new ways to learn to trust Him. But it all starts with intentional relationship building—the little moments matter. What you chose to think, what you believe, how you decide to live your life, all of it matters. The best way to ensure that your moments are life-giving is to spend them with the Giver of Life. It might be hard at the start because the enemy will try to dissuade you every step of the way, but push past the temptations and lean into the Lord.
Our Heavenly Father is holy, loving, righteous, just, jealous, caring, creative, and the list goes on and on. So when we realize that knowing the Lord better is the key to living our lives the way that He has called us to, we’ll yearn for His presence in every moment of our lives. So what are you waiting for? Put your phone down, close the computer, and step into the presence of our holy God. He’s waiting for you.