(This is Part 2 … in followup to “How Would You Describe God?”)
Question, “How well do you know yourself?” Sometimes I think I understand myself well, until something surprisingly happens and I find myself reacting in a way that I think is unlike me. Next question, “How would you feel if you knew someone was aware of every detail of your life … the physical marks on your body, the emotional scars of your soul, your mental strengths and weaknesses, the situations that you find yourself in every day, and all the decisions you have made and will make?” WOW, that is mind boggling! There is a good summary, in Psalm 139:1-9, of what God says about His knowledge and understanding of you. God does not need to find facts to make His conclusion. He knows all things equally well, and not one thing does He know better than another. You will never hear God say, “If I really knew him or her, I might have a different opinion about them.” Why?
- First, God knows us inside and out. We humans look on the outward things to evaluate a person’s life. But God’s knowledge penetrates to the depth of the human heart (1 Samuel 16:7; 1 Chronicles 28:9; Psalm 44:20-21; Hebrews 4:12; “Integrity”). “No action is lost or thought overlooked!” Actually, God is nearer to you and me than our own thoughts are.
- Next, God knows the progress of all events in our lives, the timing and when they actually come to pass. With exactness, God knows their real relation one to the other. No surprise or Plan B with God (Job 28:23-24; Romans 11:33-36).
- Also, God knows the hidden meaning of things. It’s often hard for us to understand why bad things happen, or to acknowledge that we have messed things up by our own bad choices. We wonder if God’s overall purposes can stilled be worked out in our lives. The story of Joseph shows us that that he faced great difficulties through the bad choices his brothers made against him. Yet when things turn in his favor years later, Joseph saw God’s providence (Genesis 50:20).
The truth is… we really don’t know ourselves as well as God know us. And though we may think knowing about things can make us free, it cannot. God places greater value on our response to Him than on our comprehension of things in life. He asks us to draw near to Him and promises that He will draw near to us (Isaiah 55:6-9; Hebrews 4:16; 11:6). PMC Consider: “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you…” (James 4:8).
This thought was written by Paul M.Curtas, General Director of FCAP.