The definition of ‘know’ is to either be aware of through observation, inquiry or information or to have developed a relationship with (someone) through meeting and spending time with them; be familiar or friendly with.
The definition of ‘believe’ is to accept that (something) is true, especially without proof or to hold (something) as an opinion.
It’s one thing to know about someone, or to know them and another thing to believe what they say. When you believe what they say, you are in fact trusting them at their word because you know them. But just knowing them is not enough for them to play a significant role in our lives, especially a relationship as sacred and important as our relationship with the Lord.
Many of us know God. We know Jesus. We know that His promises are yes and amen, that He is love, that He is the one true God and that He died for our sins. But here’s the catch. How many of us BELIEVE THAT? I’m not perfect in any way but I have seen this recurring theme in many places of worship and can see that this isn’t me feeling like a superior Christian in any way but rather a warning to me.
So many people sing in worship on Sunday mornings, they help set out the chairs, take care of the morning tea, make sure that everything is all set for Sunday Service. They go to bible studies, read their bibles in the morning and pray before going to sleep and then after waking up. But I ask myself, how much of this really matters, if all we do is just sing about God, talk about the stories of Him and say amen to an Instagram post that asks you comment amen in the section below. What does it matter if we know how God is, but don’t believe that He is exactly that and nothing else.
It’s a heart thing. We can do all of the above things, great things and things that are so needed but when trials and suffering and pain come our way, our first instinct is not to rely on God, or go to Him or simple just trust in who we know Him to be because our knowledge of Him hasn’t penetrated our hearts. We can be a Christian all our lives, having been baptized, gone to church for 50 plus years or even be the preacher yet if we have not allowed the knowledge of God to truly dwell in our hearts, and if we don’t believe that He is who He says He is in our times of need, we truly haven’t experience who God is. This is when we start believing in things that will give us temporary solutions, instead of permanent truth.
For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.Hebrews 4:12
When we read sad stories we think, oh thats sad. We say that because we know that things like murder and disease are sad things. You may feel sad for a while but life goes on unchanged but the knowledge you have just gained. What happens if we put ourselves in the shoes of the affected people? If we allowed ourselves to imagine what its like for the people around them? Would that not change the way we live life? Would we not love more? Would we not be kind more? When we read God Word it should penetrate deep into our hearts, disturb our emotions, make our spirit move and above all, change how we live life, each day.
When we bury God’s word deep inside our souls, when knowledge from just being gaining facts and spending time with God and becomes an unshakable belief. One that when we go through trials, instead of asking God for proof we rely on our knowledge of Him because we have read about His goodness in each and every page of the bible and have spent time getting to know Him, and so we can rest in who we know Him to be. When we know God to the point where we believe Him then we can truly know that we are experiencing God in our lives.
To study the truth of religion, not so much to know, as to practice them; to listen to the Divine Word, which speaks more to the heart than to the understanding; to know and to do what is necessary for salvation, is the true science of a Christian. I am weary of speculative knowledge, which does not change or move my heart, but only flatters the curiosity of my mind; I am tired of knowing and saying so much concerning eternal truths and salvation, and yet doing so little to obtain it.Thomas A. Kempis- Imitation of Christ
It’s not enough to follow Christian Instagram pages, it’s not enough to repost them in your story and comment amen’s when you haven’t really allowed the truth to sink in, before asking the Lord to let that be in your life. Allow Gods word into your life, allow it to change you, change your character, your decisions, your life. At the end of the day nothing is more precious that allowing the knowledge of God to form in you an unshakable belief that He is who He says He is and because of that you can be who He created you to be.
There is a difference between knowing about God and believing in Him.
Those who think they know something do not yet know as they ought to know– 1 Corinthians 8:2.