Knowing about God is not the same thing as knowing God. This is where there is a great divide: between the knowing about or the truly knowing and experiencing the presence of God in your life. In 1 Corinthians 2:5, we read: “For God intended that your faith not be established on man’s wisdom but by trusting in His almighty power” (TPT). This verse reminds us that our life with Jesus is not all about hearing and memorizing the Word as if we were in high school trying to pass an exam; life with Jesus is so much more — it means we will experience the Living Word in our daily lives and the Spirit of God will be guiding us, convicting us, revealing truth to us through every step of the way.
The Holy Spirit is God in us. When you believe in Jesus Christ, you are sealed with the Spirit (Ephesians 1:13). The Spirit of God is with us always, helping us to navigate life. We need the Holy Spirit to help open our eyes and show us the deep and hidden things — the things you do not get from reading Scripture with your individual eyes alone. He opens eyes. He reveals hidden things. The Spirit teaches, reminds, convicts, etc. It is by His power alone that our faith is established. It is by His power alone that we can understand the Word.
This is why anyone can read the Bible and know about God. Any person can read the Bible and list the Ten Commandments or discuss narratives throughout the text. However, only a believer, only one who has the Spirit of God revealing the deep and hidden truths, can have a faith established on the almighty power of God. This is a faith that is not built on what the individual eye can see and what the individual mind can grasp, but rather on that which is spiritual. This faith is one backed by power — Almighty Power — and it is the faith that trusts without sight, the faith that believes words can move mountains, the faith that stands firm in the storms. We each can have that established faith. How? Allow the Spirit to have His way in your life. Pray. Spend time in solitude. Don’t rush through life, but instead take time to pause, to listen, to wait. Grab your Bible and a pen, and sit in a quiet area just you and God. Remember, He’s with us always. Sometimes we need to simply reduce the noise in life to hear.
Thank you God for Your Holy Spirit. Thank You for revealing to me hidden truths. Thank You for knowing my thoughts and desires and loving me just the same. Holy Spirit, move in me today. Open my eyes to see Your Truth more clearly. Help me to quiet the noise to see Your goodness today. In Jesus’ Name. Amen!