Is knowledge all this is required to truly have a relationship with the Lord? Is knowledge what is needed to help a friend who is hurting? There is a balance to knowledge, and it is faith.
Just today, I had the greatest experience. Our youngest little one surrendered her life to Jesus Christ. We have been pouring truth into her since birth. From a young age, we began to teach about grace during moments of disobedience. There would be times when she would be punished for wrong doing, but there were occasions that my husband and I would sit her down, ask her what she deserved, and then would tell her that we were going to give her grace. We would explain that she didn’t deserve it, but today, she would be given grace. She has loved Jesus since she was very young – you could not convince her otherwise. The past few weeks, our church has been talking about the essentials of our faith – and she had begun to ask good questions. Today, without any prompting, she got in the car with me after church (we had drove separate because I needed to be there early) and outright asked me what it meant to be saved. My heart started beating violently in my chest as we drove home.
After lunch, her daddy and I sat down with her and began to walk through scripture. From Genesis to the Gospel. As we walked through the story that God has laid out so clearly, our little girl knew a lot. The stories of creation and the fall of man were no surprise to her. She knew that was when sin entered the world. As we talked about how God laid out His plan, and shared other stories of His goodness and grace in scripture- she knew most of those too.
She knew scripture- but she didn’t know Jesus.
Knowledge of God is not enough to please God. What pleases God is seeing the covering of His Son’s blood over our lives. What pleases God is our lives surrender to him – a life surrendered for His glory and His worship. Not our knowledge.
I watched her beautiful baby blue eyes as we explained truth to her. That she needed to repent and follow God. That she needed to walk His paths and not do what she wants. That she should live her life as an act of worship for Him. I watched a light come on in her eyes as she realized her sin, her bad choices, were separating her from God. She looked up at her daddy, and with tears in those eyes, she said, “I want to follow Jesus”. Tears came from all three of us as she prayed. She went from knowledge of God to relationship with God.
So, what does this have to do with Job? Job’s friend thought they knew what God wanted. They thought they had it all figured out. Yet what they knew was only one dimension of God. They knew his justice- but they didn’t know his grace. They knew him as a judge, but Job, even in his suffering, even in his questioning, believed there was more.
When we are suffering, basic knowledge of God is good – but it is our faith and trust in Him that gets us through the hard times. It is good to know scripture- but it is more important to know His Character. Yes, we find out about God’s character from God’s Word, but we also learn it through the times when He comes to us in our deepest suffering.
We know God’s grace when we fail and He picks us up. Again and again.
We know God’s love when on days like today, when I see Him call my daughter to Him – and she becomes His daughter too.
We know God’s heart as we go through suffering, and He is there, holding us in the deepest and darkest moments of our lives.
God uses our suffering to teach us about Him. He uses our suffering to drive us deeper – to push us harder, to know Him more intimately.
It takes more than knowledge to know Him. To really know Him. It takes faith. Sometimes, faith requires us to go through hard times. I know my little girl had one of the best days of her life today. She said it over and over. She boldly has proclaimed her faith to everyone. Yet, I know that there are going to be hard days for her too. I pray that as she grows to know Him more- she will learn not just His words, but His character.
I plan on sharing more about our little ones Salvation experience and some of the tools we have used along the way!
Worshiping With My Life,