To Be Known by God
We live in a world exploding with information. People trip over themselves to gain knowledge, whether it is accurate or not. But knowing does not guarantee us anything. Knowledge alone does not satisfy the soul. What does satisfy is being known.
Curt Thompson, MD, says, “The process of being known is the vessel in which our lives are kneaded and molded, lanced and sutured, confronted and comforted, bringing God’s new creation closer to its fullness in preparation for the return of the King.”
If we are not careful, though, we can get caught up in only pursuing knowing God. We tend to prefer knowing rather than being known because it gives us a false sense of security and control. The more we think we are in “control,” the less we have to trust God since we “need” Him less.
Our “need” to control can lead us to depression, anxiety, substance abuse, or other addictive behaviors developing in our lives.
The problem with allowing ourselves to be known by God is that it places us in a highly vulnerable position. To be known, you have to trust someone else with yourself. That is scary, even with God. When we allow ourselves to be known by God, He is then able to determine our worth.
The truth is He already has. His shed blood made us worthy from the day of our conception. This truth is hard for many to believe. What matters is what we do with that worthiness.
To be known is to be pursued. To be known is to be loved. To be known means you allow your shame and guilt to be exposed in order to be healed.
God wants to be known by us. We should want to be known by Him. The extent to which you know God is directly reflected in your experience of being known by Him. And the degree you are known by Him will be reflected in how other people know you.
Be known by God. Be known by people. Know and be known.
Let me know how I can help.