Ah! To Know and be Fully Known –and Still be Loved!
“Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous!
For praise from the upright is beautiful.
Praise the Lord with the harp;
Make melody to Him with an instrument of ten strings,
Sing to Him a new song;
Play skilfully with a shout of joy.”
Our God is awesome and wonderful and we praise Him for who He is. He is the God of all creation. He is truth and justice, love and light. Without Him we would not exists. We praise Him, not only for who He is, but for what He has done. He did not create the earth and all that is, then run away and leave us to our own devices, as some philosophers have suggested. Instead, He is intricately involved in our lives. When man sinned, He sent His Son to redeem us. He created us to live in fellowship with Him. The God of the universe wants to know me! That is amazing!
Not only is God the creator of the universe, but He is my creator. He loves me even though He knows all about me.
"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."
There is nothing about me that God does not know and yet He still loves me. Not only does He know me fully and love me anyway, but He wants me to know Him. He has provided for my salvation, for forgiveness of sin, and for eternity. These are the things we first think of in relation to our salvation, but He has also given us His Spirit that we may know Him.
"For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God."
I Corinthians 2:10a-12
No one can know another person completely. We can only tell and show others who we are. There will ultimately be parts of us that we will never share, even with those closest to us. Only if we could share our spirit with the spirit of another could we know and be fully known. That is not possible in human terms, but it is exactly what God has done for us. He has given us His Spirit to dwell within us. We can know Him fully just as He knows us fully. Wow! The God of the universe wants us to know Him. What better indication of His love can we have?
Paul prays for the Ephesians, that they will be strengthened in the inner man by the Holy Spirit. The purpose is so that they will know the love of Christ and experience the fullness of God. Make his prayer your prayer today –for yourself and those you love.
"For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height—to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:14-19