You can learn a lot about someone when you spend time with them.
That’s true of your spouse, your friends, coworkers – anyone with whom a relationship would be built. It’s also true when it comes to cultivating our relationship with God. Unlike any other relationship though, what we know (and can know) about God is ultimately rooted in what He has made known to us about Himself. Plain in the creation we see all around us, whether it be the grassy plains or the snow-capped mountains; the incredible creatures that dwell in the deepest parts of the sea to the countless stars and galaxies in the heavens – all are clearly marked with the fingerprint of a masterfully creative Mind (Romans 1:20); all declare His glory. (Psalm 19:1-6) Thankfully, He has chosen to let us know a lot about Him!
And, while the creation reveals a great many of the attributes of its Creator, there’s yet more – for God hasn’t only revealed that He’s there, but that He has invited us to know Him personally. Passages like Psalm 24:3-6, Isaiah 55 and John 1 make it known that God desires for us to enter into a real, genuine and personal relationship with Him – and that Jesus uniquely, through His death on the cross and resurrection from the grave, forever opened the way for this relationship both to be, and to flourish:
“For God, Who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shown in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ Jesus.” – 2 Cor. 4:6
In his commentary on the book of Hebrews, William Newell quotes an old Puritan preacher, who “used to say there were just two things he desired to know: ‘First, Does God speak (concerning any matter)? Second, What does God say?'” As for the first question, the Scriptures tell us that God has, in fact been speaking to man throughout the ages, and has now made Himself known in His Son, Christ Jesus (Hebrews 1:1-3). The answer to the second is the pursuit of a lifetime spent humbly walking with the Word Who became flesh and dwelt among us.