He Knows Us

Sometimes I think we Christians like to believe that when we start a relationship with our Heavenly Father, it is like starting a relationship with anyone. There was a period when my husband and I, my friends and I, even my mother, father, and siblings and I all had to “get to know” each other. I am seeing this with my children every day. They are growing and learning and expressing different attributes of their personality on a daily, sometimes hourly, basis.

I am still learning them.

I’ve known my husband for fourteen years and we’ve been together for almost twelve, married for over nine but every once in a while he will do something that is totally unlike him (as far as I know) or he will say something that I couldn’t have possibly guessed he’d say.

I’m still learning him.

Sometimes I feel that God is the same way and of course on my end it is the same. Sometimes God completely surprises me. Sometimes I pray for months or years for Him to work something out in my life if it is His will and He shows me that it is not. Sometimes I pray a solitary prayer that I have no idea is in His will or not and the next day He answers it abundantly! Can we ever truly know this God?! He is wise beyond anything we can ever imagine, His ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts higher than our thoughts “as the heavens are higher than the earth” (Isaiah 55:9).

I’m still learning Him. However, there is no way to know EVERYTHING about God but He does give us a glimpse into His knowledge and wisdom, His feelings and desires, and His vision for us through His Holy Word.

It has been an amazing revelation for me in my life to realize though that God doesn’t need to learn me.
This is what Psalm 139:1-18 says:

1 O LORD, you have searched me and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely,
O LORD.
5 You hem me in – behind and before;
you have laid your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.
7 Where can I go from you Spirit?
Where can I flee from you presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
16 your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand.
When I awake,
I am still with you.

If there is any hint in our hearts that God doesn’t know us as well as we know ourselves, if there is any inclination to tell God how we think things should go… this passage silences those thoughts!

We can never know the thoughts of God completely but we should feel secure in knowing that He knows every last thought of ours, He knows every word before it is even spoken! How can we *not* trust Him implicitly with our lives? How can we ever think that we know better? He knows us so intimately and deeply and He loves us just as much!
That is something to be eternally grateful for and to praise Him for. I know that there are people in this world that I am not compatible with. There are people in this world that I have attained friendships with only to realize later that I struggled to love them and to maintain the friedship with them. But God’s love is not so wishy washy. He doesn’t love us because we deserve it. He doesn’t love us because we only show Him the good and presentable parts of ourselves. No. He has seen every moment from the time of our conception. He has seen every thought, heard every word, attended every breath. He knows our ugly parts that we hide from other people. He knows the good parts that we struggle to express as well. He sees our flaws, mistakes, sins, and regrets and not only does He love us DESPITE those things, He made a way for us to be forgiven, to reconcile us to Him, to cover us with His perfect and abundant grace when we didn’t deserve so much as a blanket.
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8

It is reassuring to me that God knows every part of me. Sometimes it can be terrifying to know that fact but if we are walking in righteousness that fact can bring incredible peace. To know that He knows us and our lives are in His hands!

So, with all of that being said let us strive to know Christ more and more each day, to learn more and more about the heart of God and let’s strive to emulate our Savior and thus glorify our Heavenly Father.
Let us always rejoice in Psalms 139 and the fact that our God, the mighty counselor and King of Kings knows us so intimately and personally. Let that be our incentive to know Him more each day!

Blessings,
Diane

Life of Jesus – Day Two

Wise Men
Please Read: Matthew 2:1-12

The Magi were truly wise men. They came from afar to see the Christ child. They saw His star and they followed it! They traveled from a faraway place seeking the Savior. The wise men came with expensive gifts to give the King Jesus but the most precious gift they could give was their worship.  They came seeking to worship and praise. We could learn a lot from these wise men. Their story is short but one we need to remember. Just as the wise men traveled from afar to seek Jesus, so we must seek him every day.
As for King Herod, he was not very wise. He felt threatened by the birth of Christ. He was afraid that people would turn their attention and allegiance to someone other than him. His heart was not open to the good news of Christ’s birth and he lied to the wise men so that they would quickly find Jesus, report back to him where Jesus was so that he could make sure the baby king didn’t get the chance to grow up and become the ruler He was prophesied to be.

King Herod was jealous and unwise, he only thought of himself and how he might be affected by the birth of Jesus.
The Wise men were truly wise; they sought the Savior and offered Him gifts, praise, and worship. We should be like the wise men and have hearts that are eagerly seeking the Lord and always ready to worship Him.

* Scriptures that describe Jesus as “light”:

Numbers 24:17
Isaiah 9:2
Isaiah 60:1-2
Matthew 4:16
John 1:1-9
John 8:12
2 Peter 1:19
Revelations 2:28
Revelations 22:16

FURTHER READING:

Psalms 2:6-10, Micah 5:2-5, Zechariah 9:9

Life of Jesus – Day One

The Birth of the Messiah
Please Read: Matthew 1:18-25

Joseph loved Mary. Joseph also loved God’s Word and was faithful to the Lord. In those days, a man had a right to divorce his fiancé or wife if he had suspected that she loved someone else or wasn’t faithful to him alone. He was allowed to make a public disgrace or embarrassment of his fiancé or wife if he wished but instead he was willing to show Mary grace and “divorce her quietly” so she would not endure shame.
Thankfully an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph and cleared things up pretty quickly. Joseph didn’t argue with the angel, he believed the message from God and he did as the Lord commanded and took Mary home as his wife. It must have been perplexing to him to watch Mary’s stomach stretch from the growth of the Son of God.
Immanuel means “God with us”. Jesus chose to step down from Heaven and BE with us, to be born among us, to live with us, to feel what we feel, see what we see, to depend on earthly parents just the way you do and the way we all have since the beginning of time. Jesus truly is “with us” always.

FURTHER READING:

Genesis 3:15, Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 53

Life of Jesus – Preview Day

The Genealogy of Jesus
Please Read: Matthew 1:1-17

These first seventeen verses are a kind of preface into the life of Christ. The Messiah had been promised for forty-two generations before He made His arrival. Everything was planned by God to bring the Christ-child into existence under just the right circumstances to accomplish the plan of salvation for mankind.
God used every single person named in this passage, from Abraham to Joseph, to accomplish His will and bring about Jesus Christ who would save us from our sin. The Jews patiently waited for the King of Kings to make His entry into our world and the Messiah wasn’t exactly what the Jews had expected but He was just what God had been promising all along.

Further Reading:
Genesis 12:1-3, Genesis 17:19, Genesis 21:12, and Genesis 22:17-18, Genesis 49:10, Numbers 24:17, 2 Samuel 7:12-13Isaiah 9:6-7