Why Believers ‘Get’ God

Posted on August 17, 2019

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By David Ettinger

“Getting” God
For believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, God seems so “easy.” What I mean is that though there is more about God we don’t know than we do know, faith in God is as natural as seeing and breathing.

Because of this, we don’t understand unbelievers. We wonder how they can even function without God, and why they can’t see Him as clearly as we do. In fact, many of us who came to Christ in our 20s and beyond (I was 28) can’t imagine how we survived so long without Him!

And for we who have known the Lord for several decades, there is no doubt in our minds as to not only His existence, but of His active and dynamic role in both our lives as well as the workings of the universe. We completely “get” God, and we do so with ease.

Not Natural
In reality, this intimate understanding of God is not natural; we are not born with it. Romans 8:7 says: “The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.” In other words, human beings, left to their own instincts, cannot “just out of the blue” have an in-depth understanding of God. In our natural fleshly states, we are “hostile” toward God, and not only do we not submit to His dictates, but we have no capacity to do so.

One of the major reasons for this is found in 1 John 5:19: “We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.” So, while believers have been called “out” of the world (John 15:19), unbelievers are shackled to this world. As such, they are under Satan’s control. Because of this, Satan “has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Corinthians 4:4).

This goes a long way in explaining why unbelievers don’t “get” God and why they have so much enmity against believers, but this doesn’t explain why believers do “get” God.

The Reason We “Get” God
Whereas Satan “has blinded the minds of unbelievers,” God has done the opposite for believers.

We saw in 1 John 5:19 how unbelievers are “under the control of the evil one.” Contrarily, the very next verse, 1 John 5:20, tells us why believers “get” God: “We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true – even in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.”

There it is: Jesus Himself has given you and me the understanding to know Him. Did this understanding come before we believed – in order that we could believe – or did it come once we were born again?

I think the answer is both. Obviously, because our natural states were hostile toward God, we obviously needed His leading to show us His deity and sovereignty, and that we needed to profess His lordship. However, I also believe that once we committed our lives to God, He continues to pour into us greater understanding, faith, and conviction as to who He is, that is, “the true God and eternal life.”

This is God’s gift to those who believe in Him, and without this gift, we would be just as lost as the unbelieving world.

Pray for Understanding
Those of us who “get” God find ourselves growing ever more frustrated by those who don’t. But remember, God has given us this special understanding that the unbelieving world does not possess. Rather than grow frustrated, let’s be faithful in praying for a world that doesn’t “get” God that He might pour upon them the understanding that they, too, will come to “get” Him!

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