We Know That We Know
Have you ever though you knew something only to find out later you were incorrect? It can happen. Whether it was something we saw or something we heard. When it comes to God and His way of life He does not want us to be mistaken, wrong, or in doubt. God want us to be sure. In 1 John 2:3 John wrote “Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.” The Greek word that is translated know means: to know, especially through personal experience first-hand. To know that we know indicates not only personal experience but also that there is retained knowledge. We learn and we remember. The caveat in John’s statement is – “if we keep His commandments”. One commentary stated “the knowledge of God leads to obedience which leads to a greater understanding of God. It’s not if, but when, we put it into practice.” It’s a cycle. We receive knowledge. We do what we learn. In doing so we obey. And God often blesses one for doing so. The blessing could be a physical blessing or a spiritual blessing (greater understanding on a given subject). A blessing is a personal experience first-hand. Recognizing an undeserved gift as a blessing from God reinforces the desire to obey Him. It is part of the cycle. It is through this repetitive cycle that we know we know Him. Put another way, that we are sure we know Him. When we receive a blessing we should make a mental note and give thanks. Or better yet write it down. Write it down so you may review it when you experience days of uncertainty.