1 John 2:3-4 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
Judge your knowledge of God by the extent to which you keep His commandments. That is the true test.
If you should ask someone what it means to know God, the typical definitions you will hear are: to be knowledgeable of His word; to be intimate with Him; and, to experience God for yourself. Although all these definitions are correct, John gave a new definition of what it means to know God in 1 John 3:5. He suggested that knowing God is to keep his commandments. The point he was making was that you cannot say you know God and do the opposite of what his word says. Furthermore, all the above descriptions of knowing God should also result in keeping his commandments. There can be no true intimacy or experiences with God if you ignore his instructions; Saul fell out of favour quickly doing that. . Additionally, you do not really know the word of God until you start doing it. Knowing God is more than head knowledge.
Knowing God begins with fearing or honoring God. Proverbs 1:7 says the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. A struggle to know God by consistently keeping his commandments is the result of an absence of sufficient fear of God. If that is you, endeavour to know God more by developing an attitude of honoring the word of God above your circumstances.
Life Application: Know God to a greater extent by making it your focus every day to Honour God above any situation you may be faced with.
Prayer: Lord, if I say I know you but I don’t keep your commandments, I am a liar. Let me therefore, endeavor to keep your commandments and honor your word above all things. In Jesus name, amen.