Of course you know there is a Supreme Being, the Creator and Upholder of all things. But do you know God, the holy and righteous God before whom you will stand some day? Do you know that He cannot look upon sin (Habakkuk 1:13), or allow the sinner to go unpunished? Can you look forward to meeting God calmly and without fear?
God has revealed Himself to us in His Son, Jesus Christ. Christ’s mission was to declare the heart of God, to make known His hatred of sin and His love for sinners. God so loved the world that He gave the dearest object of His heart—His own Son! God so hated sin that He forsook His Son when He became our sin-bearer and our substitute on Calvary’s cross.
In virtue of that cross and the work accomplished on it, God is now shown to be “just and the justifier” of the ungodly when we put our trust in His Son Jesus (Romans 3:23-26). Do you know God in this way? “This is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent” (John 17:3). To know God through Jesus Christ is to have eternal life and salvation.
All who know Him say: “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid” (Isaiah 12:2). Do you know God? Or do you say, “Depart from us; for we desire not the knowledge of Thy ways” (Job 21:14)?
When judgment strikes, it will first fall with awful force upon “them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thessalonians 1:8). Are you sure that this does not include you? Do you know God? Before it is too late, “Acquaint now thyself with Him, and be at peace” (Job 22:21).
—Adapted from Echoes of Grace.