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Want to know God better? Here's a couple tips

Doug Boock

If someone were to ask me what two things they could do to better know God, I'd say:

1. Read the Bible.

2. Ask God to reveal Himself.

I'd recommend reading the Bible because it reveals God better than anything. Its primary purpose is to teach us about Him.

2 Timothy 3:16 says, "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work."

As you read the Bible - be it Old Testament or New Testament - you can learn about different aspects of the nature of God. The key is simply beginning to read it.

But it's also a really good idea to ask God to help you know Him better. He alone can grant that knowledge, and it's something He'd like to do for you.

That's what the next two passages reveal:

Matthew 7:11 - "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him!"

Getting to know God IS a good gift, so He must want to give that to us.

Deuteronomy 4:29 - ". . . you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul."

Persist in seeking to know Him better, and you will.

There are other things that can help us know God better, like talking with others who know Him personally, or reading solid Christian books.

But simply reading the Bible and asking for God's help - both consistently and earnestly - will take you farther down the road to knowing Him than anything.