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There is one thing in this world that you need more than anything.
More than a new car. More than good health. More than a better job. You may need to lose weight or finish your degree. But you need this more. Way more.
What you need more than anything is to learn more about God.
I know, I know. That sounds preachy. But don’t be fooled by the simplicity of that statement. Sometimes the simplest things are the most powerful.
When I say, “learning more about God,” I don’t just mean facts and information. We have a word for people who know lots of information about someone without having a relationship with them: stalker.
I’m talking about learning Who God really is. I’m talking about experiencing Him and discovering more of Him. The more you learn of God, the more you’ll realize how little of Him you know.
The northern portion of Africa is covered in 3.5 million square miles of sweltering desert called the Sahara. It’s the largest desert in the world and is similar in size to the United States.
So imagine walking to the edge of the Sahara and scooping up a handful of dry sand. Now imagine letting the sand run through your fingers until only a single grain remained. It rests on your fingertip, and it is so tiny you can barely see it.
What if I told you your entire knowledge and concept of God was equal to that little grain of sand, while the 3.5 million square miles of sand in front of you represented the endless and incomprehensible depths of who He really is?
“O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!”
God longs for us to know more of Him. It saddens His heart when we settle for a single grain of sand when He longs to show us the astounding depths of His love. He longs to dazzle us with His power, and comfort us with His compassion.
He wants us to feel His glory and experience His presence. When we experience God in this way, we are so full that we desire nothing else. God is the only all-satisfying good.
He created us to need Him, and He created everything in our life to be directly affected by our knowledge of Him.
That’s why our greatest need is the need to learn more of God. And because God cares so deeply about us, He longs to meet that greatest need.
So what does all this have to do with bad circumstances in our lives?
Our knowledge of God is one of the most important things in our life. Where does this knowledge come from? From our burdens. Bad circumstances are often what teach us about God. It is because of sorrow that we learn God can comfort. It is because of a broken heart that we learn God can mend one. It is because of needs that we learn God can provide. It is because of our failures that we learn of God’s forgiveness.
These things, though unpleasant, are teaching us about God. And by doing so, they are meeting the greatest need in our life.
What events of your life have caused you to learn more about God? I’d love to hear about them! You can leave a comment by clicking here.