So that was the point.
The point of the difficulty.
The point of the suffering.
The point of the disappointment.
The point of the pain.
To know You.
I miss that sometimes. I think it’s all about me and what I’m supposed to learn about myself.
But really, it’s not much about me.
It’s about You, God.
It’s all about You.
And the great lengths You go to to draw us near to Your side.
My life is to love you with abandon, and to bring You glory.
That includes the pain, the brokenness.
minus the pain,
…not learning of Your closeness to the brokenhearted.
…not hearing your comforting tone.
…not realizing that You are the only true faithful One.
…not knowing that you are the Friend that sticks closer than a brother.
…not experiencing Your timely providence.
…not depending solely on You.
….not following Your gentle lead as Shepherd.
…not knowing the depths of Your love.
…not witnessing Your awesome power.
…not feeling Your arms around me.
…not knowing what it is to be more than a conqueror through You.
…not learning that You are completely trustworthy.
…not having awareness of the joy of obedience.
…not learning of Your unconditional love.
…not experiencing Your healing touch.
…not grabbing Your firm grip.
…not being changed by Your forgiveness.
…not seeing Your Kingdom here on earth.
…not worshiping You with tears.
…not being able to relate to the pain You endured for me.
You, my God, took my knowledge of You
and turned it into my experience of You.
You took what I knew in my mind,
and filled my heart with it.
Job, man of many a trial, battered and bruised from the fight, said after his dark, dark night,
“I had only heard about You before, but now I have seen you with my own eyes.” Job 42:5 (NLT)
You will fill every wounded soldier that looks to You.
That wants to know You.
– Susie Stewart
“When God places you in a challenging situation, take it as a signal that He will be glorified – and that you will come to know Him in a deeper way. Because He’s going into the challenge with you. And you’ll know Him even better on the other side….To know Him is the grand goal and adventure of life. Inviting you into more intimate fellowship with Him will always be one of His primary reasons for steering you in one direction or the other. Don’t just be listening to hear Him. Be listening to know Him.” ~Priscilla Shirer
“Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” John 17:3 (NIV)