As people move into the new year some resolve to do better in the new than they did in the old. For us, that may mean resolving to know God better for true life is found in ever deeper fellowship with Father and Son in the Spirit. And so we resolve to seek God. We must always be aware, however, that it is God who moves towards us making himself known. We may say that we want fellowship with God, but he wants fellowship with us more than we want fellowship with him. And so he makes himself known to us and in us through Jesus and his Spirit. “God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ” (2 Cor.4:6). At the very centre of our being, the Spirit lights up the face of Jesus in living encounter. And in that beautiful face we see the radiance of God.
God moves out of his own fullness making himself known more and more as the living Jesus encounters us again and again in the Spirit. That means we do not create our own knowledge of God. And we certainly cannot make knowledge of him our own possession. He wants to be known. He makes himself known encountering us as the living God who always surpasses our knowing. Let us then fix on God’s resolve to enjoy fellowship with us and always be attentive and responsive to his revealing love.