This past Sunday, Grace preached at 11:00 about moving God from the unknown to the known based on Paul’s preaching in the Areopagus as recorded in Acts 17:22-31.  It got me thinking about my own life and how God went from “unknown to known” in my life.  Grace said that “experience is a powerful way to know God” and she is absolutely right.  Not just experiencing God by looking up and throwing a prayer when our lives have been turned upside down.  However, making it a point of interacting with God on a daily basis.  For me, my experience was only further enhanced when I read the Bible in a year for the first time in my entire life.  It was part of a challenge that Jimmy introduced to the Church.  It was the first time that I had ever done that.  I had read books of the Bible and I had read the Gospels and most of the New Testament, but I had never read the entire book in one year.  I can say though, that it was one of the truly transformational things that I have done in my spiritual walk.  Reading the whole story about God’s interaction with his people, how much He truly loves us, how much Grace he has given, and how very undeserving we are of that gift, is what helped convert God from “unknown to known” for me.  That is not to say that it will be that way for everyone, but it really makes Grace’s words this past Sunday ring true:  God goes from the “unknown” or “unseen” to the “known” and the “seen” when we actually reach out and experience Him, however that might be.  I encourage you to reach out and find our own experience with God.  Doing so will transform your life and deepen your relationship with our Father who loves all of us.

 

Grant Greenwood