How Can You Know God Personally?
Have you ever wondered how to get to know God on a personal level? It’s a big question that people have been asking for a long time, no matter where they come from or what they believe.
Getting to know God personally is like making a new friend. You can do this by learning about Him and doing things that make Him happy. When you take steps to please God, it’s like saying, “Hey, I want to be friends!” According to the Bible, God will get closer to you when you do this. It’s like having a friend who is always there for you.
The Bible even says that God is not far away from any of us. So, by learning about Him and making choices that please Him, you can build a personal connection with God, just like you would with a good friend.
In a world that can be loud and busy, finding a personal connection with God becomes a kind of journey—a journey of the heart.
Steps to Knowing God
Read the Bible
The Bible is like a special message from God. It says, “God inspired all of it.” That means God is the one who gave the ideas to the people who wrote the Bible. Through this unique book, God tells us what He wants and shows us what He’s like—His love, fairness, and kindness.
Here’s what you can do: Try reading a bit of the Bible every day, like a short story. Consider what you read and ask yourself, “What does this tell me about God?” For example, Jeremiah 29:11, asks, “Does God want good things for me, like peace and a good future? Is He mad at me, or does He want the best for me?” Reading the Bible can help you better understand God and what He’s like as a friend.
Understanding God through Creation:
The Bible says, “You can see things about God by looking at what He made.” It’s like how you can learn about an artist by looking at their art or understanding an inventor by studying their machines. For example, when we look at the human brain, we can see how smart God is. And when we see the sun and stars, it shows how powerful God is.
Here’s something you can do: Spend some time looking at the world around you—trees, animals, the sky. Ask yourself, “What do these amazing things tell me about God?” But remember, there are some things about God that nature can’t tell us. That’s why God gave us the Bible, so we can learn even more about Him.
Knowing and Using God’s Name:
The Bible says, “I will protect those who know my name and call on me.” God’s special name is Jehovah, and when we know and use it respectfully, it gets His attention. God wants us to know Him personally, so He even told us His name: Jehovah. In the Bible, God says, “I am Jehovah. That is my name.”
Here’s something simple you can do: When you talk about God, use His name—Jehovah. It’s like calling Him by His special name, and it helps us connect with Him in a personal way. Just like you have a name, God does too, and He wants us to know it.
Connecting with God through Prayer:
The Bible says, “Jehovah is close to everyone who talks to Him.” When we pray to God with trust, it’s like a special way of showing respect to Him.
Here’s something simple you can do: Talk to God often, just like you talk to a friend. Share your thoughts, feelings, and what’s on your mind. It’s a way to connect with Jehovah and let Him know you care. The Bible says, “Pray regularly,” so don’t be shy to tell God what’s in your heart.
Building a Relationship with God through Trust:
The Bible says, “To make God happy, we need to trust Him.” Trusting God isn’t just about believing He exists; it’s about having confidence in Him, in what He promises, and in how He wants us to live. Trust is super important in any good relationship.
Here’s something simple you can do: Learn about God by reading the Bible. Understanding His promises and advice helps you trust Him more. The Bible says, “Real trust comes from knowing.” If you’d like, Jehovah’s Witnesses are happy to help you study the Bible and discover more about God.
Expressing Love for God through Obedience:
The Bible says, “Loving God means following His rules.” When we try our best to do what God asks, it shows Him we care.
Here’s something simple you can do: When you read the Bible, pay attention to what God likes and doesn’t like. Ask yourself, “How can I make changes to make God happy?” It’s like trying to be a good friend to Him. The Bible says, “Do your best to please God,” and it’s a way of showing love to our Creator.
Discovering God’s Goodness through Experience:
The Bible says, “Try and see for yourself how good God is.” God wants you to feel His love and help, so you can know how amazing He is. When you experience His goodness, you’ll want to be close to Him.
Here’s something simple you can do: When you read the Bible, try doing what God suggests, and see how it makes a difference in your life. It’s like testing out good advice. Also, look at real stories of people who, with God’s help, faced challenges, made things better for themselves and their families, and found true happiness. It’s a way to see God’s goodness in action.
Clearing Up a Common Thinking:
Some people think God is so powerful and important that He wouldn’t want to be close to us.
But here’s the truth: Even though God is the most powerful and important Being ever, He actually wants us to be close to Him. The Bible shows lots of examples of regular people who became really good friends with God. It’s like He’s saying, “I want to be close to you, too!” (Acts 13:22; James 2:23).
Some people think we can’t know God because He’s a big mystery.
But here’s the truth: While some things about God are hard to understand, like Him being invisible, we can still get to know Him. In fact, the Bible says knowing God is important for having everlasting life (John 17:3). The Bible talks about God in ways we can understand—His personality, why He made us and the earth, and the way He wants us to live (Isaiah 45:18, 19; 1 Timothy 2:4). It even tells us God’s name (Psalm 83:18). So, not only can we know God, but we can also be close to Him (James 4:8).