Moving From What We Know About God to What We Trust About God


You were made by God, and you were made for God. And until you understand this truth, your life will never make sense.

"Some of these people have missed the most important thing in life — they don’t know God” (1 Timothy 6:21a TLB).

There are 18 inches between your head and heart. But, unfortunately, some people will miss Heaven by those 18 inches. They know God in their heads but not in their hearts. They intellectually believe the Gospel, but they’ve never let it change their hearts. 

I went to school a long time, a total of 24 years to get my master’s and doctorate degrees. Honestly, I’ve forgotten much of what I learned during that time. 

But I’ve never forgotten the most important truth I’ve ever learned. We were made by God. We were made for God. Until we understand that, life will never make sense. 

You were not made for your own sake. 

The Bible says, “Some of these people have missed the most important thing in life — they don’t know God” (1 Timothy 6:21a TLB). 

You might know string theory. You might know chaos theory. You might know quantum physics. But if you don’t know God, you’ve missed the purpose of your life.

At the end of your life, God will give you a final test. Here’s the good news. It’ll be an open-book exam. All the answers are in the Bible. 

On that test, God won’t ask you if you got straight A’s. He won’t care how well you did in your career. He won’t ask to see your bank account balance. 

Instead, he’ll ask you this: Did you get to know me? Did you build a relationship with my Son who I sent to Earth to die on the cross for you? 

For more about how to get ready for that day, visit pastorrick.com/know-god.

Talk It Over 

  • Why is it so difficult to move from what we know about God to what we trust about God?
  • Why do you think many people put off beginning a relationship with God?
  • If God asked you today, “Do you know my Son?” how would you answer?

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This devotional © 2017 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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