“Acquaint now yourself with Him and be at peace. . .”

Job 22:21a

Once we know Him—and know He knows us—we need not worry about what happens around us or to us.

“Getting to know you, getting to know all about you.”

Such were the lyrics of a popular song years ago.  And, even though it was written as a pop love song, it’s still worthy of our adaptation in our walk with the Lord.  That’s really the message Eliphaz was conveying to Job in his argument against Job’s bitter complaints.

We need not wonder if the Heavenly Father knows us—for the Scriptures are clear that He’s a “sparrow-watching, hair-counting, tear-catching God” (Mt. 6:26; 10:29-31; Ps. 56:8).  From the time we’re being “knitted in secret” in our mother’s womb to the time our eyes of clay close for the final time on this ‘ole earth, He knows us. . .and still loves us (Ps. 139:14-18).  Hallelujah!!

That’s why it’s important for us to “acquaint (Heb. ‘cakan’—‘become familiar with, to treasure, be inclined toward, etc.’) ourselves with Him.”  And, dear Pilgrim, this won’t happen by accident or osmosis; it’s the result of an “intentional investing” of our lives in His Word through Bible study and prayer.  It also comes as we yield to the Holy Spirit’s leadership and learn to “walk in Him” (Rom. 8:1), allowing His “fruit” to grow within us (Gal. 5:22-23).

It’s interesting that Jesus Himself said “And this is life eternal:  That they might know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, Whom You have sent” (Jn. 17:3).

Why, then, do we like salvation to some mystical experience where we have to “feel” it and have some ecstatic utterance or emotional epiphany?  While such things occasionally accompany a dramatic conversion (e.g., Saul on the road to Damascus—Acts 9:1ff), we should not make them the litmus test for salvation.

Instead, as Jesus said, “Eternal life is knowing God the Father and Me, His Son.”

Pretty simple statement, isn’t it?

Yet, getting to “know Him and the power of His Resurrection” (Phil. 3:10a) takes a lifetime to do.  And, it also takes a willingness to “enter into the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable to His death” (Phil. 3:10b).

Even though Eliphaz and his two friends would later be reprimanded by God for not speaking for Him (Job 42:6), his words in our Manna are true and worthy of our hearing and heeding.  As someone once said, “To know Him is to love Him.  And, to love Him is to serve Him.”  So true, so true.

And, it is in our getting to know Him that we experience “His Peace that passes all understanding” (Phil. 4:7) and “His Joy unspeakable and full of Glory” (I Pet. 1:8).  May the Holy Spirit help us today to practice on “staying our mind on Him” (Is. 26:3a)—i.e., staying focused upon Him (Heb. 12:2).  That way we’ll experience His “perfect Peace”. . .all “because we trust Him” (Is. 26:3b).  Amen and amen.

By Tom Smith Morning Manna Dated December 29, 2010

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