It is one thing to know about the Lord Jesus Christ; it is another thing altogether to know about Him intimately. It is to have the same kind of experience that Job, the Old Testament man of faith, had with his God.
My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you.
What an incredible difference between hearing about God with our ears and seeing God with our eyes! The first engages the intellect; the second engenders intimacy. And the difference between these two levels of knowing God makes all the difference in the world, especially when we are being buffeted by the storm winds of life, as Job was after having lost his health, his wealth, and all of his children.
Job lived according to the law of God. Scripture describes him as “blameless and upright,” a man who “feared God and shunned evil” (Job 1:1). Job served God with all of his heart and raised his children to do the same. Job knew about as much as you could know about God. His intellect was saturated with the truth of God, and about God, but it was not until the savage storm winds blew his way that Job had an intimate encounter with the living God. Job went from “ears hearing” to “eyes seeing” . . . and that made all the difference in the world! Job had finally come face-to-face with the living God and he was changed forever.
The church today is filled with far too many who know the truth of God without knowing the God of truth. And this leaves them wanting with the storm winds begin blowing their way. But this is not for you!
To go from intellect to intimacy is to go from reading the Word of God to marinating in the Word of God. To go from intellect to intimacy is to go from corporate worship to worshiping corporately. And this is what God wants from all of us. He does not delight in what we do, but rather, in why we do it. If we read the Word of God simply to check it off our things-to-do-list for the day, we will miss our encounter with God. If we show up to church just to keep our names active on the rolls, our relationship with God will remain cold and distant.
Remember, Jesus didn’t die to make you good—so that you would read your Bible and go to church. He died to make you His. He wants you—all of you—both your head and your heart. He wants an intimate personal loving relationship with you, and He wants it now!
You don’t have to wait for the storm winds to begin blowing. You can fall on your knees and cry out for the intimacy God has called you to experience. Then you will go from your ears hearing of God to your eyes seeing Him . . . and your heart experiencing Him moment by moment.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!