The Uneasy Relationship Between Knowing and Believing
Do You Know God's Love? Do You Believe?
God Is Love
1 John 4:16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
John says we (Christians) have known the love of God. This knowledge is more than a thread; it is the very cloth of the Believer’s wear upon which all others but decorate. It is the essence of our ideology; it is the ‘gravity’ which holds us to His Son; it is the breadth, the height, and the depth of His agape love which witnesses our importance to Him through God giving His only begotten son (John 3:16). John says this love is not just bestowed upon us, but is experienced through us not to ever be forgotten. We live each day in the love of God!
Knowing, Believing, Love - Living!
I live by God's love.
It is not given to me to know all the mysteries of the universe, but I can know and believe the love of its creator. I live by that love.
George Washington Carver was not only one of America's best agriculturists and scientists; he was also the pioneer of the synthetics industry which has revolutionized life in this country and around the world. When he was old and bent with years, he shared with a group of students one day the story of his single most fundamental undertaking - unlocking the mysteries of the simple peanut. He first cried out, "Oh, Mr. Creator, why did You make this universe?" "Then," he told the students who were listening intently, "the Creator answered me.’You want to know too much for that little mind of yours,' He said, 'Ask me something more your size.' So I said, 'Dear Mr. Creator, tell me what man was made for.' Again He spoke to me, and He said, 'Little man, you are still asking for more than you can handle. Cut down the extent of your request and improve the intent.' And then I asked my last question. 'Mr. Creator, Why did You make the peanut?' 'That's better!' the Lord said, and He gave me a handful of peanuts and went with me back to the laboratory and together, we got down to work." The results of that conversation with God are history. God wanted Dr. Carver to realize that his knowledge was only partial, and that his mind was not great enough to unravel all the mysteries of the universe, or even of man. He showed him that such a simple thing as a lowly peanut had enough potential within it to keep his brilliant mind well-occupied for a lifetime.
We have known the love of God; and we have believed God is love; one cannot operate fully without the other. Happy for us is when the two go together. It is an absolute truth that many seem to know it but don’t believe it; others behave as if they believe it without fully knowing it. Many Christians have an idea of what Godly love is, but not an ideology of His love by which they live.
An ideology starts with an idea, but all ideas do not make an ideology. I must internalize, I must know and be known by it, before that thought can become my way of life. So it is with love. I must bracket knowledge and believing with this love; I must settle this olden account with my present relationship of salvation. In other words, I must not be happy with a "chalk on the board" relation to Christ. Rather, I must be "branded" and accept the permanent mark of God's love. Only then can I find and know true Christian happiness.
I know God’s love, and I thoroughly believe it. I enjoy the custody of the knowledge, and I rejoice in the assurance of the love. This ownership of knowledge gives me certitude; this believing gives me peace. By the former I get the vision of God’s love: by the latter I get the virtue of His grace.
Always Remember, God is Love
Knowing and Believing God's Love
Look at the uneasy relationship between knowing and believing:
If I know He is the beginning, why do I worry much about the end?
If I know He is the creator, why do I worry about destruction?
If I know He has forgiven me, why can't I forgive myself?
If I know He is a healer, why do I speak of sickness?
If I know He can do all things, why do I say, “I can't “?
If I know He will protect me, why do I fear?
If I know He will supply all my needs, why can't I believe Him during a recession?
If know He is my strength and my salvation, why do I feel weak.
If I know He is the right way, why do I keep going the wrong way.
If I know He is the light, why do I choose to walk in darkness?
If I know He gives us revelation, knowledge and understanding, why do I lean on my own understanding?
If I Know He loves me, why do I not fully believe it?
If I know I should live in the spirit as well as walk in the spirit, why do I choose to live in the spirit but walk in the flesh?
If I believe He loves me, why do I not fully know it?!
Love Revealed Through The Cross
God Dwells In Love
I ask you not to be content to say,” I have believed upon Christ, and I am now OK!” I urge you to invest your faith to continue in knowledge. Believing is not an end, it is a beginning of a journey; it is a ‘Pilgrim’s Progress’ toward perfection and heaven. If faith gives us the vision of God’s sunrise, then knowledge guides us through to the sunset. It is like unto a marriage of heaven and earth; a taste of heavenly places in a world so devoid of the divine. Let us make sure of our standing in God’s grace, and know our security in God’s love. God is Love;
1 John 4:16 And we have known and believed … “God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. “