The British writer C. S. Lewis has a very interesting illustration about two men who claimed to know the ocean.
The first man is an oceanographer and has studied extensively about the ocean. He has maps, charts and spreadsheets full of details about the depth in different regions, water temperatures, currents, etc. He has invested considerable time of his life learning about the ocean. He is invited to teach classes about it. He has written books that became reference on the subject… He knows the ocean.
The second has been a fisherman for many years. He knows the taste of each type of fish he catches. He grew up right by the ocean. He can swim and dive in its waters. He feels the salty water on his skin. He sleeps listening to the sound of the waves. Many times he watches the sunset from the beach… He knows the ocean.
Well, which one really knows the ocean? Probably the answer could be both, or none, depends on how you see it. Both have a partial view of the ocean. Both have a different relationship with the ocean.
C. S. Lewis goes to make a comparison with our knowledge and relationship with God:
Many prioritize studying His word, and everything that can be known about Him. They know God’s power, His sovereignty… Many of our churches prioritize that. Great sermons, great Bible studies.
Others prioritize the experience, the ecstasy of the spiritual contact with the Lord. They feel His power, His love… Many churches prefer that experience. They value the presence of the Holy Spirit.
Which one knows God? Which one have a relationship with Him?
Hey, we are talking about the God who created the Universe. He has revealed Himself to us through His Word. He wants a intimate relationship with us. What a privilege!
Why would we settle for less than everything? Why wouldn’t we want to know everything that we can about Him, and experience His presence in our lives all the time?
I want to learn about the ocean, and swim in it as well. What about you?