Have you ever been hurt to the point where you don’t want to get close to anyone? Let me tell you, I can relate to that. I have a bad habit of holding people at arm’s length, rather than letting people get to know the intimate details of my life.
Sometimes that’s comfortable. But most of the time it’s lonely.
Though I may fool myself into thinking nobody knows the real me, it’s not true. God knows me. And when I say he knows me, I mean he really knows me. And he really knows you, too.
That’s a good thing, even if at first the thought is uncomfortable.
Psalm 139:1 says,
You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. NIV
The word “searched” is from the Hebrew word “haqar,” which means “to explore, search out, probe.” The word “know” in this verse is from the Hebrew word yada. It means to know, recognize, understand. (The Strongest NIV Exhaustive Concordance – italics mine).
When was the last time you really felt like someone took an interest in your life? Like someone really wanted to get to know you?
God has done just that. He searches you out. He knows you. He understands you like nobody else can. And no matter what he finds in your thoughts, deeds, and desires, he loves you. You are his.
I love this passage from John 10. In verses 14-15 Jesus says (NIV),
I am the good shepherd. I know my sheep and my sheep know me – just as the Father knows me and I know the Father – and I lay down my life for the sheep.
The passage goes on to say,
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one. John 10:27-30
Jesus knows you just as intimately as he knows God the Father (verse 15) . Think on that. God the Father and Jesus are one (verse 30). They are the same essence. If they are one, I’d say they know each other inside and out.
And that’s how well God knows you. He knows your thoughts, your dreams, and what makes you tick. He knows what motivates you, what tempts you, and how you like to spend your time.
Have you ever had a friend who could finish your sentences or order your favorite kind of coffee without asking you what you want? That’s God. He knows your thoughts before you speak them.
Before we finish, let’s look at one more thing. John 10:28b above says, “no one will snatch them (us) out of my hand.” Verse 29 repeats that thought by saying, “no one can snatch them (us) out of my Father’s hand.”
God knows you inside and out. And no matter what you think of yourself, no matter how much you have sinned, no matter how unworthy you think you are, if you are a Christian, God will not allow anyone to snatch you out of his hand.
He knows you, and he loves you. Rejoice in that today.
Be sure to read all the posts in the 31 Days to Knowing Your Identity in Christ Series.