Knowing God and finding the security and hope of a relationship with Him requires that we discipline ourselves to play by His rules–it’s called “growing up.” Knowing God is the key to growing. The book of Job says: “Can you find out the deep things of God? Can you find out the limit of the Almighty? It is higher than heaven—what can you do? Deeper than Sheol—what can you know? Its measure is longer than the earth and broader than the sea. If you prepare your heart, you will stretch out your hands toward him. If iniquity is in your hand, put it far away, and let not injustice dwell in your tents. Surely then you will lift up your face without blemish; you will be secure and will not fear. You will forget your misery; you will remember it as waters that have passed away. And your life will be brighter than the noonday; its darkness will be like the morning. And you will feel secure, because there is hope; you will look around and take your rest in security. You will lie down, and none will make you afraid; many will court your favor.” (Job 11:7-9, 13-19) If we wish to maximize our knowledge of God, we must “stretch our hands towards Him” and “abandon iniquity and injustice.” We must be constantly seeking for God and constantly seeking to abandon those habits and sins which take us further from Him. When we are God’s child, growth should be a natural progression. A toddler may get away with misbehavior that would be unseemly for an adult; a toddler will also be satisfied by less than an adult. Christians who go beyond spiritual childhood are those who make growth a priority. For years I did the “church only” thing, but my heart did not care to know the “deep things of God” because I was too consumed by the shallow things of the world. Physically, I was hurrying and scurrying around life doing my adult thing– but spiritually, I was wearing a diaper and a pacifier. How ridiculous! However, this is what we look like when we decide to never grow spiritually. It is our DAILY decision. God has an amazing plan for each of us. When we draw close to Him, we hear His voice and He leads us away from the sins and habits which hold us back. He leads us into His peace and makes our “life brighter than the noonday sun!”