Does God Know Me? [Video & Transcript]
Does God Care About the Big & Little Events of My Life?
Do you wonder if God really knows you? If He cares enough to be personally involved in the everyday events and details of your life? The big things, the little things? He does know you, and He does care immensely!
God is as real as you are. And I promise He knows you and will interact with you as if you are the only being in the universe, if you will allow Him to. He is already that near to you and intimately involved with your life. He suffered for you personally, not just for everybody else. He longs for you to know Him as you long to be known. That desire to be known can never be satisfied apart from encountering God.
Does God Love Me?
And God loves you—perfectly. “I know the plans I have for you,” He says in His word, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11). He knows the number of hairs on your head, the make of the mattress you sleep on, your hopes and fears, your thoughts as you first awoke this morning, your every site you’ve ever surfed and your every heartbeat and thought. He loves you.
And I say this—that God knows you and loves you, whether you have felt known or loved by anyone else in your life or not. And if you’ve never felt fully loved, you may feel inclined to turn this message off. I invite you to stay for a few minutes, and try to open yourself to a new possibility. Being unloved in a fallen world is a horrible affliction to have suffered, but it does not mean you are unlovable. That’s just a lie that Satan adds on to keep you blinded from God’s love or any pure love of which he himself is jealous, of which he has rendered himself incapable on an interpersonal or divine level through his own will and hateful choices. Don’t throw out God and the possibility of real love because your own caretakers may have deprived you of the very love you craved.
Three People God Loves Who Might Have Felt Forgotten, Abandoned, Insignificant
I just want to share with you here three examples of God’s knowing others in the Word, who might have thought themselves forgotten, unloved, unknown, insignificant, or unimportant to God and others and in the world. I pray that the Spirit–the divine agent that sends truth to your mind and heart—will convey personally to you in a tangible way God’s awareness of and care for YOU—and that you then will continue your journey with us, nearer to Him.
I love the story of Nathaniel in God’s word. Picture him sitting under a fig tree. Have you ever gone to sit outside to be alone with your most private thoughts, to dream, to wonder, to ask, to consider things you might never have shared with anyone in the whole world? Maybe not yet even voiced to your best friend, if you have one? I see Nathaniel there, and while I don’t know what he was thinking, I imagine it was one of those personal, under-the-tree experiences like I described. Had he already heard about the Savior and wondered about Him? Had He wondered if He really was the Son of God who would come and die for him? Did he have questions about his own predicament in life? Wonder about his purpose, his direction? Were there things personal and private in his heart and mind? We don’t have all the answers but we know he sat contemplating under the fig tree. And we know that whatever it was, Jesus knew it and no one else did.
Listen to what the Bible says: “And when He [Jesus] saw Nathaniel, He said, “Before you were under the fig tree, I knew you” (John 1:48).
Jesus met Nathaniel, where He will meet you– where no one else can or could–in the realm of our hearts, minds, and most intimate thoughts. He joined the conversation with Nathaniel, and more, He let Nathaniel know He cared enough to know his thoughts and to respond to him. Jesus knew his whereabouts before, during and after he sat under the fig tree. He knew Nathaniel’s soul. He was privy to all of Nathaniel’s longings.This altered Nathaniel in a moment. That love, that touch of God’s presence was real. It can likewise alter you. He likewise knows your very soul.
He knows what your tree-house moments are–those times when you sit back, wonder, ask, think, dream, worry. Jesus will speak into those moments and you’ll know it’s Him because no one else in the world knows those private thoughts and can respond in quite the same way.
If you want to know, like Nathaniel, if God knows you, please ask Him now, even if you tune this out and come right back. He knows you. If you haven’t known all your life, you can be touched by Him instantly, if you’ll seek Him honestly.
Second, I love the story of Esther. There she is: orphaned, alone. Her parents died. She has no place to call home. Out of 400 women or so, Esther was chosen to be queen to King Xerxes. Her benevolent cousin, Mordecai, watched out for her. God took her and placed her where she would be instrumental in saving her people, through the fasting, prayers, and courage she had to go into the King. (See Esther 5). That story is an example of divine care and providence. It shows that God and Jesus know the nature of our birth families, or lack thereof. He knows the time we were placed here. He knows the details of our past and present circumstances, and He is orchestrating everything in our lives to work for our good, if we will let Him and not resist Him. He’ll turn the worst into something different, like water into wine. He knew Esther. He knows you.
And God never sleeps. I love the scripture that says He knows the almond tree (Psalms 12:14). He is watchful. He knows when it first puts out its bloom. He’s attentive. His eyes are over you. They are over you this very day and year. There is a verse I go back to often in Deuteronomy when uncertainty looms large or when I want to be reminded that God is Sovereign and looking after events in my life and me in each year. It reads: “From beginning to end He has his eyes on you” (Deut 11:12).
The third example of God’s knowledge of one who may have felt forgotten at times was David. In this Psalm, though, he acknowledges God’s closeness to him. He says this:
You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.
(Psalms 129:1-6 NIV).
Inserting your own name, what does God know about you? Your every movement, your every thought, your words before they’re even spoken, where you’re headed and when you return. No detail about you escapes His view and loving concern. And He has His hand on your shoulder, wanting to befriend, and to lead you, guide you, back to or closer to Him.
He awaits for your acceptance of His invitation to come unto Him, to acknowledge His personal knowledge of you, His love and care, and to show that by baptism into His kingdom. We hope you’ll make the journey and ask more questions about His plan of happiness for you at ibelievepodcast.com. Thanks for joining us.
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