God wants us to know Him deeply and personally. But there are no shortcuts to God.
"The way to life-to God!-is vigorous and requires total attention." (Matthew 7:14, The Message)
God has offered us firsthand knowledge of His love, His grace, and His power. Yet so often, we too easily settle for someone else's descriptions, the Cliff notes from another's spiritual journey. We are content for "God-experts" to do the heavy lifting and then give us the bottom line. And like any secondhand information, after enough times through the grapevine, the truth about God deteriorates and crumbs of rumor are all that remain.
But when life derails, and things don't go as we had planned, our thin view of God is challenged. In those critical moments, we can choose to walk away from God, or to let our questions lead us home. When we choose to wrestle with God, to engage Him for ourselves, we-like Jacob and Job and David-will see rumors die and revelation come alive. It's time to hear the magnificent, Divine Invitation. It's time to take God up on His offer and embrace the mystery and majesty of knowing Him for ourselves.
Author Info Glenn Packiam is an Associate Worship Pastor and Director of New Life School of Worship at New Life Church. He was one of the founding worship leaders for the Desperation Band, and his worship songs are sung in churches all over the world. Glenn and his wife, Holly, and their daughters, Sophia and Norah, Live in Colorado Springs, Colorado.