“For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.” (1 Cor 13:12)
Paul was not asking for God to understand him; he was confident that He did. Yet, though Jesus completely and thoroughly knew him, Paul admitted that he did not know Him well. It was as though he was looking at a bronze mirror – just a blurry reflection. Paul, too, desired to know God more, to draw closer to God.
This is the same Paul who told churches to imitate him as he imitated Christ; the same Paul who was caught up into the third heaven, where he heard inexpressible words too beautiful to describe. Yet, even Paul could only admit that he did not know God fully. However, even with his limited understanding of God, it compelled him to pursue the knowledge of Christ even further. Regardless of whether he was by himself, if his friends left him, or if people were against him, he would consider the world as nothing if only he could know Christ more. This is how wonderful God is, and we pray to the same God today.
The more we know Him, the more the Holy Spirit motivates us to desire Him. Let us seek the same goal as the saints who came before us: To know Him just as we also are known.