An Evangelical Church in the Heart of Thatcham

Up close and personal

By many today the idea that someone can truly “know” God is rather fanciful and would perhaps fit in the category of some sort of Herculean feat of faith.

But is this really so?

Suppose you wanted to get to know about someone, their habits, their likes and dislikes. One way of doing this would be to walk around their house. In the bedroom you discover clothes thrown all over the floor and in the kitchen, a whole week’s washing up still to be done, and so you sense this one is on the untidy side. You come to a room marked ‘The Study’ and there you see row after row of bookshelves and a pile of half-read books on the desk and so you suspect that this one is perhaps somewhat intellectual. We could go on, gathering more and more clues and suspicions.

We can certainly know God “up close” for no less a reason than we live in His world.

But that is not all. Dorothy L Sayers wrote a collection of murder mysteries and partway through the series, she herself as author, falls in love with one of her own characters and writes herself into her books. Is it not the case that God has done the very same thing. His intense love for those He created was such that He wrote Himself into our human story in the person of His Son Jesus – the four gospels speak at great length about Him.

We can know God “personal” as well, for He has already written Himself into the storyline our mundane human play.

Knowing God is neither fanciful nor a feat only very reasonable and, in my view, rather neat.

I am the Pastor at Thatcham Evangelical Church in West Berkshire. This is an FIEC (Fellowship of Evangelical Churches) affiliated church.