Knowing the Heart of God

Daily Devotional with Dr. Charles Stanley @ InTouch.org

Monday, March 26, 2012

Knowing the Heart of God

Read | 1 Corinthians  13:11-13

Most people long to be understood. We may have many acquaintances,  but we all have a deep need to feel truly known by those we love most. This is  because we were created in God’s image–He also desires to be intimately  understood and loved by us.

Just as you don’t want to be known for only  the superficial details of who you appear to be, it’s not enough to know about the Lord. He wants us to learn how He thinks and feels, what’s important to  Him, and what His purposes are. Of course, it’s impossible for man to  completely know the mind of the Creator of the universe. In Isaiah  55:9, He tells us, “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways  higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.” The depth and  breadth of His mind  is so great we will never be able to fully grasp it in this lifetime.

However, we can better understand God’s heart and character by  seeking Him and learning day by day from His Word. If we genuinely desire to  walk in His ways, we must first genuinely know Him. We come to know our friends  better by sharing more  experiences together. Similarly, we will also understand God better the longer  we walk with Him and meditate on what He has revealed about Himself in the  Bible.

God  wants you to seek Him with all your heart, and He promises that when you do,  you will find Him (Jer. 29:13). So, the next time you’re feeling a need to be better understood,  turn to the One who understands  you perfectly. Even more importantly, ask Him to help you know Him better.

1 Corinthians 13

The Excellence of Love

1 If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.

4 Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, 5 does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, 6 does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

8 Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part; 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. 11 When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. 13 But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.

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