Muslims say you cannot know God. He is unknowable and unreachable. Unlike the Christian God, Allah is a distant supreme being that cannot be known. At best, all one can do is hope to gain Allah’s mercy when they die. But it is not a guarantee. Even then, their paradise is not considered to be a fellowship with God.
But as I was reading in the book of Psalms today, I came across this beautiful poetry from Psalm 139 that describes a very different God. We can know Him! Listen to these words…
O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
You know my sitting down and my rising up;
You understand my thought afar off.
You comprehend my path and my lying down,
And are acquainted with all my ways.
You have hedged me behind and before.
And laid Your hand upon me.
Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the morning,
And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
Even there Your hand shall lead me,
And Your right hand shall hold me.
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,”
Even the night shall be light about me;
Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You,
But the night shines as the day;
The darkness and the light are both alike to You.
There is so much reassurance in these verses. God knows the light and the dark. There are no secrets, nowhere we can go without God, and never out of His sight or thoughts. And yet, God loves us even more. I like that.
Today, let’s focus on this one wonderful thing that sets God apart from all other religions. Christianity is the only way of life that speaks of Grace, Forgiveness, and Love, and of a Savior willing to die for our sins. My prayer as always, is that you will get to know this God.