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People Who Know God
“What’s wrong with my spiritual life? Why don’t I have the peace and joy that other Christians have?” I couldn’t begin to count the number of people who have asked questions like those through the years of our ministry. They read in the Bible that Christians are to have “joy inexpressible and full of glory” (1 Peter 1:8), but they cannot even begin to imagine what that kind of a Christian experience would be like. If they were writing an essay on the Christian life it would be more like “gloom irrepressible and full of worry.”
No Magic Wand
I do not have any magic wand to put the spark into your Christian life. There are many reasons in Scripture that have an effect on our spiritual well‑being, but one thing is certain—our personal, intimate, practical knowledge of God is one major reason. The spiritual benefits of knowing God are so exciting. Here are some of the good things we will enjoy as our knowledge of God grows.
Scripture declares that “the people who know their God will display strength and take action” (Daniel 11:32). That is a great promise.
Daniel himself was a man who knew God. When the presidents and princes of the Medo Persian Empire prevailed upon King Darius to issue a decree prohibiting anybody from making petitions to any god or man except the king, or be cast into the lion’s den, Daniel went right on praying to the God of Heaven (Daniel 6:4-15). Not even the threat of death could keep him from it. He knew his God, and people who know God have the courage and strength to do His will even though the whole world be against them and everybody around them be giving in to sin. We too can have the spiritual power to do God’s will and to make a great impact on the godless world in which we live. People today who truly know God have the same amount of courage and strength. They stand for uprightness, combat wickedness, bear persecution when necessary, triumph through suffering, and bring about great things for God’s glory. There is no other way to have spiritual power apart from the knowledge of God. “But this precious treasure this light and power that now shine within us is held in perishable containers, that is, in our weak bodies. So everyone can see that our glorious power is from God and is not our own.” (2 Corinthians 4:7) As our knowledge of Him enlarge and our friendship with Him develops more intimate, He makes His power more readily available to us.