I have three children and, as a father, it is very important to me that my children know me. I want them to know how much I love them and how I would move heaven and earth to show them my love. I want them to know my character. Am I an honest person? Am I trustworthy? Do I give of myself to others? Will I be there for them if they are in trouble or danger? I am strong enough to save them? I want them to know that I will provide for their basic needs yes, but also that I’d like to bless them with much, much more. I want them to understand what I expect of them and hope for them. These are all things I want my children to know about me and so I tell them in words, I show them with my actions, and they can observe them in the things that I have done in my life.
Our heavenly Father wants us, His adopted children in Christ, to know Him deeply. He has spoken to us about His character and his will for us in His creation (Psalm 19:1-4, Romans 1:20), in our conscience (Romans 2:14-15), through His Word (John 20:31, 2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:21), and ultimately and most completely in his Son, Jesus Christ (Hebrews 1:1-3, John 1:18, John 14:9).
Knowing our heavenly Father is a privilege and the objective of our Life Quest. “Now devote your heart and soul to seeking the Lord your God” (1 Chronicles 22:19). There is no other like Him. He is unique in every way. He is outside of the created order and outside of time. He is not only holy, he is “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory” (Isaiah 6:3). If you hold a position of influence in the life of the children around you, lead them into the lifelong pursuit to know the character of our God and Father.