From the DayBreaks archive, 2005:
Psalm 139:23-24 (NLT) – Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
How badly do you want God to know you? How do you feel about the fact that He DOES know you? Does it bring you comfort, or does it frighten you?
We all want God to know what’s happening to us. We don’t want Him to have a memory lapse and lose sight of us or forget about us. We even usually want other people to know what’s happening to us – whether it is good (which we want to share) or whether it is hard (to share the burden with us). But there’s big difference between people, or even God, knowing what is happening in our lives versus knowing US.
Depending on how you’re living your life – morally or not-so-morally – you may not want God to really know you all that well. (Of course, none of us are moral, but some professing Christians make no pretense of living a moral life – they are drunkards, drug abusers, sexually immoral, foul-mouthed, etc.) Are those folks truly Christians? Well, the “fruit” of their lives makes it a bit hard to tell, and Jesus did say that’s how we would be able to recognize His children. Still, it’s not my place (nor yours!) to determine who is in the kingdom and who is outside the kingdom – that’s for God alone to know and decide. But the point I’m trying to make is simply this: most Christians struggle with knowing that God knows all about them – even the tiniest, most minute detail that we hide from everyone else. God knows. Oh, He knows it all. And that makes many very uncomfortable, leading to guilt and shame and a spirit of discouragement.
Let me share something that A. W. Tozer wrote about this in The Knowledge of the Holy: “How unutterably sweet is the knowledge that our Heavenly Father knows us completely. No talebearer can inform on us; no enemy can make an accusation stick, no forgotten skeleton can come tumbling out of some hidden closet to abash us and expose our past; no unsuspected weakness in our characters can come to light to turn God away from us, since He knew us utterly before we knew Him and called us to Himself in the full knowledge of everything that was against us.”
How wonderful! I remember the ancient story about Job and how Satan came before God accusing Job. I feel certain that he does the same thing with each and every one of us. But God already knows about everything that Satan could throw at us by way of accusation – and God’s already DEALT WITH IT! He did that on the cross – 2000 years ago. Imagine how frustrating it must be for Satan to come before Him to accuse us, only to hear God say, “I know. I’ve known that long before you did. And I’ve already forgiven him/her, so be gone!”
In our day and age we hear a lot about skeletons in the closet – and we’ll probably hear a lot more as the President nominates another Supreme Court justice, etc. It seems that all too often people have skeletons in their closets that cause them to slink back into the deep shadows because no one knew about them and now they’ve come to the light of day and are being scrutinized. That will never happen with us and God. And He loves us in spite of all He knows!
Jer. 12:3a – Yet you know me, O LORD; you see me and test my thoughts about you.
PRAYER: God, I know I am easily drawn to glittery things! Let me be drawn to You in love, for You are the far greater treasure! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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