Show of hands, please. How many of you have read at least one book on relationships? There are, of course, countless books about the age-old efforts of the sexes to understand each other. And then there’s advice on business relationships, parent-child relationships, “how to handle difficult people,” and advice on friendship. The possibilities go on and on.
Once upon a time, at a much younger age, a girlfriend and I were browsing a bookstore. One book we found sent us into uncontrollable giggles. The title, Everything Men Know About Women, was too, too tantalizing. We had to pick it up and browse through it to check if the author really knew what the title claimed he knew. It’s still available and touted as “the most comprehensive understanding of men’s knowledge and understanding of the opposite sex.”
Flipping open the book, we found blank pages. From beginning to end.
It seemed funny to us then. Now, I’d probably react differently. I think it makes a sad statement.
We grope about like blind people wandering unknown streets, trying to understand each other. Trying to know each other and let ourselves be known. And our difficulty in relationships is not limited to the differences between men and women. Even the best of friends sometimes travel bumpy roads.
Yet here is Almighty God, the Creator of the universe and the great King on the throne who comes to us and says,
I want you to know me
more than I want burnt offerings.”
A lot of us have worked very hard at the “burnt offerings.” We’ve tried to be obedient to a long list of rules, we’ve followed the rituals of worship, we bring offerings of money and time to the church.
But more than all of those things—He wants us to know Him.
How can we ever understand God? We who have so much trouble just with our human relationships? We spent all of last week thinking about an Almighty whose thoughts and ways are so far beyond ours. How could we expect to know Him?
Yet that is what He wants.
I want you to know me.
Can that happen? How is that gonna happen??
Tomorrow we’ll look at some of God’s answers to our questions, but today, bask in this fact — The God of the universe wants YOU to know Him.
My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.”
And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”