If God is spirit, then surely God is beyond the reach of ego and the five senses of Sight, Sound, Smell, Taste, and Touch. I cannot know God in the conventional way of ‘knowing’.
God can only be experienced and unveiled in me as God. This is the only true knowing of God.
My imagination, thoughts, perceptions, beliefs and even convictions are at best a very flawed attempt at connecting with God.
For “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”
The only true knowing of God that there is, is the experience of God unveiled in me as God.
I think Richard Rohr says it so well:
God refuses to be an object of knowledge like all other objects of knowledge. God cannot be known the way we know a tree, a scientific fact or a book. God can only be known as a fellow subject. That’s a reciprocal knowing, where we “know as fully as we are known” (1 Corinthians 13:12). It will feel like you are being “known through” more than you are knowing something yourself. It will feel like a participative knowing more than an object of your private knowing.Richard Rohr
For many of us, a devotion/hunger/desire for God, took us through a process and journey to this experience of truly ‘knowing’ God (I am still enroute).
The journey often starts in the senses and ego based perceptions (what I call the ‘religiosity of the mind’), but then Grace steps in and draws you into the flow and depths of the river of God within you.
The cooling, cleansing waters of this river (out of your belly will flow rivers of living water), wash away the illusion and lies.
As your vision clears, your Beloved emerges and your gaze falls upon him.
In that moment, you are transformed; for when we see Him, we become like Him.
God can only be experienced.