God knows you intimately. He even knows the number of hairs on your head (Luke 12:7). But do you know God intimately? Do you have a personal relationship with Him? Or have you just heard about Him?

There’s no better time than now to begin a lifelong journey of knowing God as your personal Lord and Savior. Here’s how you can know the One who knows you.

Get in God’s Word. Knowing God comes through a daily commitment to know His Word. You can’t know God unless you know His Word. So get still and start studying. Jesus says, “To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given” (Luke 8:18). The more you know His Word, the more you will understand His ways, His heart, His character, His nature, His voice, and His promises.

Pray to God. Remember, prayer is a two-way conversation. Pour out your heart to Him as you would an intimate friend. He is your friend and He can be trusted (John 15:15). Then, listen for His voice. God still speaks today (James 1:5).

Spend time with other believers. Put yourself in the company of those who are hungry for God and who are growing in their relationships with Him.

Listen for His voice and look for Him throughout your day. God is everywhere and in everything (Romans 1:20). One look around and you’ll see—the heavens declare His glory! Take time to search for Him, and you will find Him (Jeremiah 29:13).

Keep a record. Throughout scripture, God told His people to make memorials to help them remember His goodness (Joshua 4:6). He knew that when times got hard, they would be tempted to forget. Make your own memorial. Take the time to write down your prayers and God’s answers, and don’t forget to praise Him too. This record will serve as a reminder of how God has been faithful to you.

Written by Kristi Overton Johnson

Photo by Nathaniel Shuman