Psalm 1:6 “For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the ungodly shall perish.”
Know-is from the Hebrew word, Yodea; it means to be dedicated to someone so we can engage them with love and affection, understanding their needs and caring for them faithfully while living out a covenant relationship with them.
This is the way God knows you!
If I was to ask someone if they knew a particular person, and they did, the assumption is that they have or had a relationship of some sort with them. If someone asked me if I knew Queen Elizabeth, I would have to say I knew of her but I don’t know her personally, I’ve never met her.
If I asked you if you know Jesus, what would you say?
Do you know Him personally as your Lord and Savior, do you walk with Him daily in prayer and trust, have you given your life and future into His hands for safe keeping, does His Spirit dwell within you?—-Or do you just know about Him?
I’ve walked up to many people and have asked them if they know Jesus. The response may be yes, the actions say otherwise. Their knowledge of who Jesus is might be far from how the Bible portrays Him. Their experience personally may sound like He is well known to them and yet their lives seem to be lived contrary to the way Jesus instructed. I try not to judge someone based off appearance, although I admittedly have my doubts when I witness them experiencing a methamphetamine addiction and swearing like a drunken sailor while proclaiming to know Him.
*My guess is, their idea of knowing Jesus is different than the way God portrays knowing someone.
Many times, people only know about Jesus. They’ve heard the stories, listened to the preachers, or went to Sunday school as a kid. They know about Him like we know about a movie star or famous athlete. We know what people say about them, gossip, slander, or even what we see in an interview but we really don’t know the person. What we see is a very small percentage of their life, through a lens that can be manipulated to present an idea they want their constituents to believe.
When God says, He knows us, let’s take a brief look at what that means.
Matthew 10:30 “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. “So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.”
God knows every detail of you, even the number of hairs on your head. Some of us make this task easier on God than others!😁
Psalm 139:2 “O LORD, You have searched me and known me. You know when I sit and when I rise; You understand my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down; You are aware of all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, You know all about it, O LORD. You hem me in behind and before; You have laid Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.”
The Lord knows your thoughts, what you will speak before you do, where your going, and where you lie down. If He takes the effort to be that aware of so much of your life, do you know what that means? He values you!
“I praise You,
for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Marvelous are Your works,
and I know this very well. My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in secret, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all my days were written in Your book and ordained for me before one of them came to be. How precious to me are Your thoughts,O God, how vast is their sum! If I were to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand; and when I awake, I am still with You.”
The Lord watched you as you were being knitted together in your mother’s womb. Your value began at the moment of your conception.
Romans 8:27 “And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”
After a brief overview, we can see that the Lord knew us before we were yet born, in our mothers womb, He knew all our days, He knows every detail of our form down to the number of hairs on our heads, He knows our minds and what we are thinking as well as what we are going to speak, He know our hearts and all that is in them….He knows Everything about us!
He still chose to love us.
Yes, this phenomenon is what can be hard to accept. That God can love us in spite of all our faults is for many too hard to believe. When we can’t forgive ourselves for the things we’ve done, how can a Just and Holy God forgive us?
Shame can be a damaging pattern to live under. When we know we’ve done something wrong, no matter how much restitution is demanded, it never seems to be enough, (at least not in people’s eyes). Asking for forgiveness can be a difficult task since we take our guilt and then place it on another. If they don’t want to forgive, many times we walk away and act like it’s now their problem. The issue is whether we can repent of sin, not demand someone else change their heart, our hearts must change, the one we are responsible for.
Confessing sin is a key part of healing.
1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Recognizing that God knows everything we are and everything we do is an important first step in taking responsibility for our actions and getting help if we need it. Confessing our sins to God is a recognition of God’s sovereignty as judge over our lives. Confessing sins to each other and praying for one another is key in healing from our past and moving forward.
James 5:16 “Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”
The restoration of relationship was God’s idea, not mine. He doesn’t encourage you to put the onus of a relationship on someone else by asking forgiveness, He says, take ownership of your mistakes and confess your sins to each other. Now, I’m not saying go around a tell everyone all the mistakes you’ve made, the pattern we see is in the midst of loving fellowship with other believers, there are times of restoration that are needed, find those times and allow others to walk with you in healing. Believers love you and we all know the struggle, we all go through it. Receiving grace and mercy allows us to close the door on our past and move forward in freedom.
If you’ve read the book of Job, you know the heartache that man went through. The trials Job endured are more than many people could come through unscathed. And yet, near the end of his trial, we see what was required of him for God to restore him:
Job 42:10 “After Job had prayed for his friends, the LORD restored his prosperity and doubled his former possessions.”
*What was it about Job praying for his friends that released God’s blessing?
Restoration comes through praying for one another.
The way we love the Lord is by loving one another. Job showed his love and commitment to God through all that loss and suffering by recognizing that he wasn’t in control, God was. If he was to be restored, God would do the restoring, not him. God’s heart toward us is that of love, He invests that love so that it might overflow to others.
Where the danger lies is in apathy. Apathy is described in the Cambridge dictionary as behavior that shows no interest or energy and shows that someone is unwilling to take action, especially over something important.
We may know that God sees everything we do, whether it’s sin done in secret, thoughts that condemn us, or hatred reserved in our hearts toward others, but if we don’t care then we place ourselves in a dire predicament. We cut ourselves off from ever healing and growing from our past and living meaningful lives at the present.
I had a lot of bitterness and anger as a young man. This resentment lead to a very big struggle for me in not only being able to love others but likewise in receiving love. The early years of my marriage were tumultuous, as I grew further in love with my wife, I sensed a fear in exposing too much of my heart to her. The fear of being exposed and potentially being injured again led me down a dark path of selfishness, idolatry and sin. Through much counsel, prayer, and heartache, my faithful wife stood by my side and loved me through the turmoil. I began to realize I could trust her, and the Lord used my wife to bring healing. There were friends, pastors, and accountability partners the Lord used along the way to help me grow and mature as a man of God…it wasn’t easy.
I’m still growing and I’ve learned that it’s a lifelong process but I have also learned there are key points of conflict we must address to continue to grow. The Lord has been faithful to me in revealing where I am weak, what areas I need to address, and what action I must take in giving them to Him.
*He knows me. He knows everything about me. I can’t hide one little inkling of my life from Him that He doesn’t know it. Praise God, He doesn’t overlook my areas of weakness and just say…”good enough!”, He continually presses me on unto perfection. That is what Love looks like! God’s Love.
He knows everything about us and still chooses to love us. This knowledge is the single greatest point of my existence. I really hate who I am apart from Him. The more I see myself for who I am, the more I realize I want Jesus to be all that is represented through me. The more I die to myself the better, that Jesus might be exalted in me and through me.
Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
You see, there is no requirement to come forward and receive the love of Christ. He already knows us, He already is aware of what we bring to the table, it’s up to us to respond in humility. He then welcomes us with abundant grace and restores all the world has corrupted.
The walls we erect to protect ourselves have to come down.
They are a feeble attempt to secure our position against any further attacks from the enemy. God is your protector if you trust in Him. The protection that God has supplied us with is available for the taking:
Ephesians 6:13-17 “Therefore take up the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you will be able to stand your ground, and having done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness arrayed, and with your feet fitted with the readiness of the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
*The Lord is our strength, He is also our protector and our healer.
Since God has taken such an interest in you and clearly He values your life, allow Him to do His work in you, He is trustworthy! He is able to bring to completion all He started in you if you’ll let Him.