Now get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen and will see of me.
The ancient Hebrew idea of knowing is one of experience; you can’t really know something without experiencing it. So, the only way to know God is to experience Him. The more we experience God, the more we get to know God. Every time we read God’s Word, He’s making Himself known to us.
The Lord doesn’t come to us to so that we’ll discover what we want to accomplish for Him. No, God encounters us in order to reveal His activity and to invite us to become involved in His work. An encounter with God requires us to adjust ourselves to the activity of God that’s been revealed. Godnever communicates with us merely to give us a warm devotional thought for the day. He never speaks to us simply to increase our biblical knowledge. The Lord has far more significant things to reveal to us than that. When God shows us what He’s doing, He is inviting us to join Him in His current activity.
As we read the accounts of God’s miraculous work through men and women in the Bible, you may wonder whether God still performs such miracles today. Be assured that the same God who walked with Moses, Joshua, Elijah, Peter, James, John, Paul and others now lives within each of us. No power can defeat the God who guides us. The God who blessed them is just as capable of working out His purposes through our lives. The same God who gave them victory over seemingly invincible enemies, who provided for them when their own resources were insufficient, and who guided them in their decisions is prepared to work just as powerfully in our lives today.
Too often we acknowledge our belief that God can do whatever He wants; then we add a safety clause:“That was back then,” or “I really don’t think God will use me like that!” In essence, we become partial Believers, believing God can perform miracles but never expecting a miracle to show up in our own lives. The heroes of the faith had one thing in common: they were all ordinary people with no power of their own. The difference was the mighty presence of God. Times may change, but the miraculouseffect of God’s presence throughout our lives remains the same (Seven Realities for Experiencing God, p. 11, 18-19).