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Making God Personal

One of my favorite authors over the years has been Calvin Miller. After years of reading his books I finally met him at a conference. I took the initiative and, with some fear and trepidation, approached him and asked for a few minutes of his time. Calvin Miller invited me to lunch! I had read his books, read about him, and tried to take his teachings to heart and apply the truths he taught, but getting to know Calvin Miller personally was the best yet!

I realized that my experience with Calvin Miller is something like what an experience with God should be like. We can know about God, hear of Him from teachers or preachers, read His words in the Bible, and attempt to follow His principles, but there’s something missing. There’s something more: we can get to know Him personally!

A majority of people believe in God, that He exists. Those who have a connection with the Christian tradition may even believe that what the Bible says about God is true, including belief in Jesus and that the Bible gives us the right way to live. A person can believe a great deal about God but not know Him in a personal way. Christian writer A. W. Tozer stated, “To most people God is an inference, not a reality. He is a deduction from evidence which they consider adequate; but He remains personally unknown to the individual.”

I find that the word “trust” may be a better word than the word “believe” when it comes to God. We all know many people and have no trouble believing they exist; trusting them is another matter! Most likely we really put our trust in only a few of those people, most likely those with whom we have a close personal relationship.

Trusting in God involves a lot more than just believing in Him; it means trusting Him with every aspect of our life. We can’t really know God until we do!

“In you, Lord my God, I put my trust.” Psalm 25:1