In his book Al-Fawaid, Ibn-Qayyim mentions two ways of knowing Allah.
The first is by observing His creation.
Allah says in the Quran –
Verily! In the creation of the heavens and the earth, and in the alternation of night and day, and the ships which sail through the sea with that which is of use to mankind, and the water (rain) which Allah sends down from the sky and makes the earth alive therewith after its death, and the moving (living) creatures of all kinds that He has scattered therein, and in the veering of winds and clouds which are held between the sky and the earth, are indeed Ayat (proofs, evidences, signs, etc.) for people of understanding. [Quran – Al-Baqara 2:164]
The Quran also states:
Those who remember Allah (always, and in prayers) standing, sitting, and lying down on their sides, and think deeply about the creation of the heavens and the earth, (saying): “Our Lord! You have not created (all) this without purpose, glory to You! (Exalted be You above all that they associate with You as partners). Give us salvation from the torment of the Fire. [Quran – Al-Ímran 3:190]
The second way of knowing Allah is to ponder over the verses of the Quran.
The Quran states:
(This is) a Book (the Quran) which We have sent down to you, full of blessings that they may ponder over its Verses, and that men of understanding may remember. [Quran – Saad 38:29]
Knowing these two ways should drive us to take the necessary steps to prioritize our lives properly. Many of us commonly fall into the trap of putting Allah’s remembrance and Quran recitation and reflection at the bottom of our lists. Instead, we should recognize that sometimes, rather than just needing more time, wealth, resources, etc. in our lives, we need more of Allah’s blessings and ‘barakah’ in what we already have. With no such blessings, we can’t expect to achieve success and happiness. Instead of chasing life’s never-ending pursuits, let’s be with Allah and His book. In return, we will achieve the best of this life and the hereafter and our affairs will become more manageable.