…the man who loves God is known by God. (1 Corinthians 8:3, NIV)
I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep... (John 10:14, KJV)
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them and they follow me…(John 10:27, KJV)
I think of a famous quote by Benjamin Franklin, “Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few…”
I have many friends and acquaintances. Among those friends and acquaintances, I have all types of relationships. Some I see on an occasional basis. Others I see more regularly.
Some people I see only when I am working. Others I only see in social settings. Some I work with and socialize with.
But the number gets much smaller when you count the friends I would bare my heart to. Friends who know more about me than most.
And even then, only one person really knows me. That would be my husband. He knows things about me that I have never shared with another human being.
But I believe all of us have deep areas in our hearts, parts of our being that no one knows or sees. Memories that we alone remember. Dreams and disappointments that no one else knows about.
It surprises me when after knowing one another for 22 years, my husband and I find out new things about one another. Not because we are keeping things from one another, but things that we just never thought to share, such as a childhood memory.
The other day I was just sitting on my couch thinking, when a smile crossed my face. I smiled because it occurred to me that God knows every thing about me. There is no detail of my life that He doesn’t know. And knowing that, blessed me.
Especially when I thought about the fact that this awesome, omniscient (all-knowing) God loves me. He knows everything about me and He loves me.
There is nothing hidden in my heart that He isn’t aware of. He is even aware of things in my heart that I didn’t even know were there. He knows me better than I even know myself.
I like that. The King of the Universe knows me.
O LORD, you have searched me [thoroughly] and have known me. You know my downsitting and my uprising; You understand my thought far off. You sift and search out my path and my lying down, and You are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue [still unuttered], but, behold, O Lord, You know it altogether. (Psalm 139:1-4, Amplified)
You, O Lord, know me. 🙂
And what is more amazing still is that there is nothing He could find in your heart that would make Him love you any more or any less. He loves you with all of His heart. Period. 🙂