Knowing God is important. But before I get started on that, I have a question: are you excited about basketball season? How many Thunder fans have we got in here? How many of you like Kevin Durant? Even if you are not a Thunder fan, you probably know that KD is one of the greatest basketball players in the world right now. And he didn’t get that way by accident. He went through the blood, sweat, and tears to get where he is. He regularly pursued becoming a great basketball player. I’m talking hours in the gym every day. He has dedication. Okay, that’s great. But what on earth could this possibly have to do with knowing God? Well, if you want to know God, you have to pursue Him. You won’t get close to God by accident. You’ll never say, “Oh my, I just realized how close friends Johnny and I are! I wasn’t even trying to be a friend to him; it just happened.” Sorry. It just doesn’t work that way. If you want to be Johnny’s friend, you learn about him. You find what pleases him and what doesn’t, and then you do what pleases him. You confide with Johnny, you come to trust him. Those things must happen by intentional effort. If you want to have a relationship with God, you must do those things. How must you learn about God? Read the bible. Ask God for wisdom (He’ll give it to you). Once you find what pleases God, do it. And don’t do what doesn’t please Him. Confide with God. In other words, pray. Talk to God, but don’t forget to let Him talk back. Because what He has to say is much more important and shrewd than anything you could say. Trust God. Oh, and you can trust Him a lot more than you can trust Johnny. He will never give embarrassing secrets away. He will never be rude. He will never forsake you.
Let me clarify some things about God. He does not promise to keep you from falling, but He won’t leave you down. He will give you things you can’t handle, but if you trust Him, He can handle it for you.
I am aware that this post will not make you have a relationship with God. It is just words. Only you can make you have a relationship with God. You have to pursue Him. Please do, because He’s the best friend a person could have.