God Wants to Know You

“And in Your book they all were written, IMG_2119
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.”
-Psalm 139:16

I have a book that contains a chart for renouncing lies about our Father God and receiving truth about who He really is.* I made this part of my Bible study time this year.   Over the next several blog posts, I’d like to share with you some truths I’ve gleaned during my studies. One of the listed lies to renounce is that God is distant and disinterested. The call is then to receive the truth that God is intimate and involved.

God is not distant or disinterested; He is intimate and involved in your life. This means that God knows everything about you. Everything. It also means that He loves you just the way you are and He cares about you deeply. He cares about the details of your life.

In Psalm 139, King David expresses,

“O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
You know my sitting down and my rising up;
You understand my thought afar off.
You comprehend my path and my lying down,
And are acquainted with all my ways” (v. 1-3, emphasis mine).

The word “know” here is the Hebrew word, yada. Yada means to know by observation, reflection and experience. God knows your thoughts, weaknesses, sins, struggles, abilities, talents, and strengths. He knows everything about you. And He is absolutely committed to you in love.

I think that many of us struggle at times with the feeling that God is not as involved in our lives as we’d like Him to be. Does He really care about the details? You’ve probably heard the phrase, “the devil is in the details.” I don’t know exactly where that phrase originates, but I think it comes from the feeling that the daily, nitty-gritty details of our lives can be frustrating at times. In our fallen world, sometimes it seems like if something can go wrong, it will! But is God also involved in the details? Is He, in fact, intimate and involved? I believe the answer is Yes, but I think there’s a reason we may not experience His intimate involvement as much as we’d like to.

God wants to be more intimate and involved in your life than you may realize, but He may be waiting for an invitation. Just because God knows everything about you, does not mean that He knows you relationally. God knows everything about each person on this planet, but millions of people are not close to God. Thus, they are not experiencing the blessings that come in relationship with Him.

As the creator, of course God knows every aspect of your life and soul. But it is not until you open your heart to Him that your experience with Him becomes a personal and fruitful relationship. Such relationship is one that is based on trust.

Proverbs 3:5-6 states,

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths” (emphasis mine).

The word “acknowledge” here is also yada. God knows you and, in turn, He calls you to know Him intimately. Do you know Him? The promise is that if you will seek to know Him, He will direct your paths. God is not demanding a perfect trust, but He seeks a heart which sincerely seeks after Him.

Indeed, God is not distant or disinterested; He is intimate and involved. He wants to be even more involved. But He is more personally and intimately involved in the lives of those who are seeking to walk closely with Him. As we seek Him, He makes Himself known to us in greater and more personal ways. We develop an intimacy with Him that affects every aspect of our existence.

Meditation Scripture for Today:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
-Proverbs 3:5-6

*Breaking the Bondage of Legalism by Neil T. Anderson, Rich Miller and Paul Travis

Beautiful in His Time

“The end of a matter is better than its beginP1150625ning, and patience is better than pride.”
Ecclesiastes 7:8

When we walk with Lord the end of our lives can be filled with richness, blessing and fulfillment. God’s blessing can outweigh any heartache or pain we have experienced. God is always faithful to His promises if we are willing to wait on His fulfillment. Impatience often leads to pain, but if we are willing to wait on God, He makes “everything beautiful in its time” (Ecclesiastes 3:10).

Sometimes we are unwilling to wait on God to make things beautiful. We may look at our present circumstances and question whether things can ever really change. We may give up on what could someday bring us great fulfillment. For example, if your marriage is experiencing hard times, perhaps even a betrayal, you may think that life can never be good with your spouse. Yet, if you choose to forgive and choose to love, God can bring beauty from the ashes. He can restore the years the enemy has stolen.

I often think of Joseph and how hard it must have been on him to be betrayed by his family and sold as a slave. He remained faithful in temptation, yet ended up in a dark, damp dungeon cell. Perhaps he stared at that cell wall and wondered if his life could ever be good again. Yet, despite his pain, He remained faithful to God. He endured. In the process, God prepared Him for the throne. His day came. He was able to say, “God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father’s household” and “God has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering” (Genesis 41:51).

Isaiah 40:1-2 says,

“Comfort, comfort my people,
says your God.
Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
and proclaim to her
that her hard service has been completed,
that her sin has been paid for,
that she has received from the Lord’s hand
double for all her sins.”

God gave Joseph two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh. I believe that number is symbolic. As I see it, Joseph experienced two major betrayals in his life. He was first betrayed by his family and sold into slavery. And then, even though a man of integrity, he was betrayed by his master and condemned to the dungeon. But God lavished on him a double blessing for all of his pain. God will be a debtor to no person. While Joseph was suffering, He was storing up interest in his account with God. When His promise was fulfilled, He received a double portion of blessing, an outpouring of God!

You may look at your present circumstances and wonder if you can ever be blessed. You may wonder if things can ever be good again. I’m here to tell you if you will persist in the Lord, He will bring you into a place of abundant blessing. He will make everything in your life beautiful in its time. As the words of the Tobymac song say, “I know your heart been broke again. I know your prayers ain’t been answered yet. I know you’re feeling like you got nothing left. Well, lift your head, it ain’t over yet, ain’t over yet, so Move, keep walkin’. Soldier keep movin’ on.” My friend, keep walking!