To reach one of my favorite destinations in Maine, I must cross two bridges. The first is a towering, sleek, impressive, and relatively new suspension bridge. It is supposedly a marvel of engineering, one of only three or four such spans in the world. Still, even before it is in sight, I can feel my body tensing, knowing that bridge is just down the road. It’s scary. True, I could find another route, but that would be the long way ‘round.
The second bridge is old. It is downright frightening as you approach—you come round a bend in the road and there it is, going straight up into the sky ahead of you. You cannot see the other side; it appears that you are simply going to climb up something like the first hill of a roller-coaster and then …who knows what awaits on the other side of that incline? It’s a rickety, peeling-paint bridge; you can actually see the cables shivering when trucks cross. I have no choice but to cross that bridge if I want to get to the island. There’s no other road that leads to my destination.
God’s Word lays out a sure and solid bridge of hope that we can know our Creator. He’s built that bridge as a gift to us. True, sometimes it can be scary and we can’t see every step of the way. But it’s not rickety or outdated or in need of repairs. He says He wants us to know Him and He’s created the bridge to do so.
Yet there’s one necessary thing we must do—Our faith must move us forward to cross the bridge.
God tells us, time and again in Scriptures, that this bridge will get us to our destination.
In the Old Testament, He constantly reminds His people that His purpose was for them to know Him. He was near to them, waiting for them to come to Him (see Deuteronomy 4:7). To those who come to Him and reverence Him, He will be a friend, teaching them how to live (see Psalm 25:14). And the many words from Isaiah and the other prophets that simply say, “I’m waiting. Come. I want you to know me.”
Then Jesus arrived on earth. He said He came to show us God. He came to do away with any obstacles that stand in our way of coming to God. “He has given us understanding so that we can know the true God. And we know we live in fellowship with the true God because we live in fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ” (1 John 5:20).
And then Jesus, in human form, left the earth.
This is the most amazing thing to me—His Spirit still lives here. Within God’s children. And the Spirit is what connects us to God and enables us to know God. In our earthly friendships, we talk about kindred spirits; this is a Spirit connection like no other! It’s another gift of grace–a bond with our Creator. This is the how we can know the Almighty God. The Spirit shows us things we could never “see” or understand with our finite human minds.
Of course, that’s all pretty intangible stuff. It takes faith to believe all that.
It is only faith that moves us forward over the bridge of this hope—to know our Creator, the Almighty God.
But when we do move across that bridge of hope, then oh! the intangible becomes so tangible!
“Oh, that we might know the LORD!
Let us press on to know him.
He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn
or the coming of rains in early spring.”
Because He says “I want you to know me.”
My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.”
And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”