Understanding how God feels, thinks, acts, and who He is in His nature radically changes the way we live our lives. Our view of ourselves, others and life in general is fundamentally and profoundly affected by our idea or view of God. A.W. Tozer says that “all of the problems of heaven and earth, though they were to confront us together and at once, would be nothing compared with the overwhelming problem of God: That He is; what He is like and what we as moral beings must do about Him. The man who comes to a right belief about God is relieved of ten thousand temporal problems.”
In light of understanding who God actually is, the issues in our lives always will decrease in their apparent magnitude. What God is like, how He feels, how He interacts and deals with His creation, what His motivations and desires are, and what moves His heart are more than just concepts we should know intellectually or conceptually. They are truths that must be encountered on a deep heart level. The knowledge of God - though filled with many intellectual concepts - is really a theology of the heart.
The revealing of God to our heart is exhilarating. The greatest “pleasures” that we can experience are spiritual ones. These spiritual pleasures are best experienced by discovering who God is. God does not call us to holiness so that He can test us by keeping us from a life of pleasure. Holiness is not drudgery. It is a call and invitation into pleasure that is perfect and eternal.
It is crucial that the revelation of the knowledge of God found in Christ Jesus becomes the premier focus and top priority of our lives. The Lord longs for the knowledge of Himself to be the foundation of our souls. The knowledge of God must be intensely pursued. It is absolutely vital that we live a life that is conducive for the pursuing and the cultivating of a proper view of God.
David lived a life of pursuing “one thing”. He sought after the knowledge of God – how He felt, what His motivations and desires were, and what He was like.
“One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD (the knowledge of God), and to inquire in His temple.” Psalms 27:4
A wise man named Corey often says to me - "in all your getting, get this". The knowledge of God is the supreme need of this hour.