It has to be said – and I want to be the one to say it – that I’m not the brightest bulb in the chandelier.  It’s  a point my children have been hammering home to me since they were very young.  There’s nothing quite so humbling as being completely outwitted by a two-year old – but it’s a feeling I got used to when my children were that age.  And now that they’re older, it’s just the same.  Except maybe that it happens on Facebook and not behind closed doors.

Fortunately for me, you don’t need to be clever to know God.   

Paul prays that, “the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better,” (Ephesians 1:17) and asks, “God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding,” (Colossians 1:9).

It is the Spirit who helps us to know God – knowledge that enables us to, “live a life worthy of the Lord and … please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work,” (Colossians 1:10) which results in us, “growing in the knowledge of God,” (same verse). 

NT Wright expresses the thought like this in a Tyndale commentary – “Understanding fuels holiness, holiness deepens understanding.”  It is an ever upward spiral of  knowing God and living holy lives – and this can be our reasonable expectation of Christian life. 

I’ve been thinking about Jeremiah a lot recently – looking at his prayer in chapter 12.  And I’m conscious that even though he is upset by the injustice of his situation, he begins his prayer with a faith statement about who God is.  “Righteous are you, O LORD,” (Jeremiah 12:1). 

Jeremiah knows God.

So this is how it works – when the Spirit of God makes something known to you, respond.  Do what He tells you, live as He shows you, walk as He leads you and you will know Him more. 

You don’t need to be clever.  You need to be humble.