In the fourth century Gregory Nazianzus wrote, “It is more important that we should remember God than that we should breathe: indeed, if one may say so, we should do nothing else besides.” I believe Gregory’s statement is true. There is nothing more important that we can do, than to know God. We should devote our heart, mind, soul, and strength to this effort. God is the source of all that is good in this universe. He is our Creator and Sustainer. He is the source of all life. Can anyone imagine a greater pursuit than this?
Of course, we cannot know everything there is to know about God, because He is so much more superior than we are, but we can know what He wants us to know. God desires a relationship with humankind, and so He has revealed Himself to us. He has given us the Holy Scriptures to study and learn about Him. A person could spend a lifetime mining the treasures of this great book.
To know someone can mean several different things. If I say “I know my postman” this is different than saying “I know my wife.” The first one is a casual knowing. I know their name and occupation. The second one is a deep knowing. I know what kind of person they are. I know how they may act. I know what they like and dislike. When we set out to know God He desires more than a casual knowing. He wants us to know more than His name and occupation. He wants us to know what kind of God He is, and how much He loves us. He wants us to know Him, so that we will put our faith and trust in Him, and allow Him to lead us and guide us throughout our life.
“Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)