Who can really know God? Understand him? Claim to have a personal relationship with him? While many people across the world in the book of Deuteronomy worshiped gods, none could claim to know them, to see that they are near. Yet the promise of God to his people is that this will be the case:
What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the Lord our God is near us whenever we pray to him? Deuteronomy 4:7
God’s people were the only people who could claim to know and understand the will of their God and be encouraged by his ever-ongoing presence. Today we, too, know our God through the person of Jesus (John 14:6-7). We understand who he is, what he has done, and what he desires from us. Most importantly, we know that he intimately cares for us, giving us forgiveness through The Cross and the power of his resurrection. How many people can claim that they know God, that their God has given them salvation? How many have the confidence to stand before God, knowing that he will accept them? In Christ, we know God and know that he knows us. In him, we have the confidence to always stand close to God in all we do.