Getting to Know You

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, September 02, 2014. Posted in Devotional

Getting to Know You

When I meet someone new, I like to ask a lot of questions.
"Where are you from?"

"Do you like to travel?"

"What are your favorite Beatles' songs?"

I like to feel that I'm getting to know a piece of them simply by listening to their responses. Perhaps I'll gain an understanding for why they are the way they are, or why they act in a particular way.

Here's something you might learn about me: my heart skips beats. I'd like to say it's because of my husband, but in reality, it started to happen long before we met. Drinking caffeine or not getting enough sleep can sometimes contribute to this funny sensation in my chest.

I'd also like to think I've grown accustomed to this strange occurrence in my body and that I know myself pretty well. But, I'd argue that there is someone who knows me even better. Someone who knows the exact moment when my heart might go a little faster than anticipated.

That someone, of course, is God.

He knows me inside and out, backwards and forward, on good days and bad. He doesn't need to ask me questions, but He still prompts me each day.

"What have you done to shine your light today?"

"Did you lend a hand to someone who needed help?"

"Have you read any good scriptures lately?"

1 John says this about knowing God: "And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments." (1 John 2:3)

Sounds easy enough, right?

"But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked." (1 John 2:5-6)

He didn't create an exhaustive list of what I must do to know him well; He simply said, "Keep my commandments." If I stay in step with Him and walk His walk, I'll know His heart and come to discern what makes it beat faster.

It takes time to get to know the ins and outs of someone well. I've known my best friend since first grade and I still learn new things about her. And, that's how my relationship with God is, too. I discover new things when I lean on Him; I understand His word deeper when I set aside time from my busy life; I grow my faith when He answers my prayers.

"I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well." (Psalm 139:14)

Take a moment to get to know Him more. It will be the best conversation ever. He'll show you something you might not know about yourself, and I'm certain He'll show you something about Him, too.

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