AMPLIFY: Knowing God
Lesson 41: Known by His Work
Lesson 41, Devotion 1
“Then I will dwell among the Israelites and be their God.” - Exodus 29:45
Is God real? Can we really know God? The only way for us to know God is through Him revealing Himself to us. We can see who He is by seeing what He has done for others in the past through His Word and by experiencing Him working in our own lives. Knowing God gives us strength when we are faced with people who question God’s existence or challenge us when we try to share our faith. People can argue theories and ideas, but they cannot argue with someone who truly knows God because he or she has experienced Him personally.
In your Bible study lesson from this week, you probably talked some about the importance of knowing God personally instead of merely hearing about experiences others have had with Him. Your challenge for today is to continue to wrestle with the question that came at the end of this week’s lesson:
Have I personally experienced God, or am I simply living off of my parents’ faith?
Spend some time today considering your thoughts on that question. Think about it as you drive around in your car, or between classes at school. Don’t be too quick to answer. The question is pretty important.
Lesson 41, Devotion 2
In your Bible study time this week, you looked at the stories of David, Elijah, and Hezekiah. You saw that they began to know God better as they relied on Him. This is a pretty good practice for us too.
Spend some time today rereading over one of the stories.
David’s story is found in 1 Samuel 17:1-58.
Elijah’s story is found in 1 Kings 18:20-36.
Hezekiah’s story is found in 2 Kings 19:8-19.
Once you have read the story of your choice, answer the following questions:
How did the person rely on God?
How did God respond?
How can I rely on God like the person in the story today?
Don’t look at the characters in the Bible as fictional people, or as outdated examples. Think of them as people just like you. Their lives are recorded in the Bible to serve as models for you. Don’t miss the chance to learn from them.
Lesson 41, Devotion 3
Read this quote and think about it as you go through your day:
“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” - A. W. Tozer
Think about this:
Why would Tozer think that the most important thing about us was what came into our minds when we think about God?
Do you agree or disagree with the quote? Why or why not?
Why is knowing God so important to our lives?