We are living in a day when knowledge seems to be key when it comes to serving Christ. There are so many books and articles being written that there is not enough time in the day to examine all the ones that demand our attention. Getting wisdom and knowledge are an absolute, but in all our getting we must get an understanding. (Pro. 15:14; 4:7) We must get insight, penetration, a grasp of the inward or hidden nature of what we claim to know.
The question always in my mind is this: Do we, as a body, know Jesus Christ in an intimate way as a husband knows his wife? As we study God’s word, we find the Hebrew word yada’, to “know.” Adam “knew” his wife Eve, and she conceived and brought forth a child. (Gen. 4:1) We also find the Greek word ginōskō, to know, as the Father knew Jesus and Jesus knew the Father. (Luke 10:22) Today, this intimacy is lost in godly relationships. However, this is the very thing God uses to show us intimacy with Him.
For example, the marriage relationship represents Christ and the Church or you/I and our God. When any relationship begins, it is superficial. Our senses almost always are dictating our response. Unfortunately, our senses often are the leaders and of course there are exceptions in any case. But by far, when a person is interested in another person, the outer appearance is almost always first and foremost. How that person looks, speaks, comes across, carries himself or even what is known about the individual plays a major role in the relationship. Initially, it is all superficial but if there is interest, that quickly moves to wanting to know all about that person and opening up to let them in as well. Eventually marriage comes into play, and the two consummate the relationship in order to become as close as two people could possibly become to “know” each other.
This “know” is as a husband connects with his wife internally and there is a reciprocation of information, not only physically but also spiritually. He not only sensually has a physical encounter with her through taste, touch, smell, sound and sight but something occurs much deeper. Their heartbeat is not merely all they experience, but they access each and every emotion, thought and feeling because of their profound love for each other. As she is receptive and accepting to his every initiation and he is loving and tender, there is an exchange of spiritual discernment, understanding, emotion, and desires. A deep crying out for deep! There develops a yearning for more and more, which in turn makes the relationship grow in a way that without words they know each others heart. A oneness occurs that can only be ascertained through a deeper encounter that causes a union that cannot be broken, severed or maimed through the challenges of this life.
Let us commit to “know” our Lord in this very same way. If we seek not only wisdom and knowledge, but also the insight of who is “I Am”, we open up to learn who we are through Him and develop spiritual strength. This intimacy will keep any of life’s trials or tribulations from paralyzing us. Then and only then, will we be truly ready to extinguish all the fiery darts of the evil one. (Eph. 6:16)