Have you ever thought about it? God knows you, completely and perfectly. He knows you better than you know yourself. And He loves you. He loves you deeply, personally and wholly. Many people see God as a distant or apathetic deity. For some it is acceptable to consider that God loves the world in general, but not that He loves or even thinks about them specifically. But the Bible tells us that He knows and loves us intimately. I can speak from experience to tell you that what the Bible says about this is true. I know God knows me and loves me because of our relationship. Maybe your relationship with God doesn’t tell you that and you are wondering if it’s real. Perhaps today, we can help you move to a deeper relationship with Him so you can appreciate it for yourself.
The first reason we have to say God knows us is that God is your creator. He didn’t only create Adam and Eve and leave the rest to science; He takes a hand in the creation of every single person ever born. Psalm 139:13-18 has some amazing things to say about it.
For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother's womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
I awake, and I am still with you.
Look at how wonderful this is! He formed your inner parts. He knit you together in the womb. Nothing about you was ever hidden from Him, even your DNA. Before anyone on this earth ever knew you existed, before your mother knew she was pregnant, God was watching you. He had already written your life in His book before you were conceived. He had a part in every part of your making. Moreover, He thinks of you so often that you couldn’t number His thoughts any more than you could count the grains of sand on the planet.
That is so far beyond our ability to consider but remember, God is not human. He is All-knowing, All-powerful, All-pervading God. He is infinite. His divinity is beyond our comprehension (Isaiah 55:8-9, Romans 11:33-36). Yet, He allows us and wants us to know Him (Hosea 6:6). In fact having a real relationship with God where we come to know Him as friend, Father, and Lord is the reason Jesus saved us. In John 17:3-4 Jesus prayed,
“And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do.”
Do you know that God chose you specifically for a relationship? You! The person reading this right now, He wants a relationship with you. Isaiah 43:1 says,
But now thus says the Lord,
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.”
He knows you because He made you and has plans for your life. But He also knows you because He watches you, He pays attention to your life. If you have a special person in your life that you love, you know so many little things about her. You care, you can see the freckles on her nose and recognize her. You can see the shape of her hands and identify her. You know every contour and each curve of her form. God knows us even better than that because He loves us so profoundly. Luke 12:6-7 tells us,
Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. 7 Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.
He is not distant. He truly cares about you, your heartaches, your joys, your hopes, and your uncertainties. One of my favorite of God’s names is El Roi, The God Who Sees Me. This is the name Hagar gave to God when He spoke to her after she had run away from Sarai in terrible distress in Genesis 16. Verse 13 of that chapter reads,
So she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, “You are a God of seeing,” for she said, “Truly here I have seen him who looks after me.”
Hagar thought she was just the throwaway. But God knew her and cared about how she felt. He didn’t consider her a throwaway. He comforted her and sent her back into a difficult situation with new hope and strength. God knows you better than you know yourself and get this, where we want to denounce ourselves, He won’t. He forgives and chooses not to think of our sin any longer. 1 John 3:19-20 reads,
By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; 20 for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything.
And Isaiah 43:25 says,
I, I am he
who blots out your transgressions for my own sake,
and I will not remember your sins.
If your relationship with God doesn’t tell you that He knows you and loves you, what can you do? It takes a step of faith. It takes stepping out beyond what you see with your eyes and looking for the invisible. It takes seeking the Kingdom of God. How do you look for something you can’t see? How do you seek something you’re unsure is there? Ask God to show you; pray. Ask God to reveal Himself to you, desire Him in your life. Psalm 119:18-20 says,
Open my eyes, that I may behold
wondrous things out of your law.
19 I am a sojourner on the earth;
hide not your commandments from me!
20 My soul is consumed with longing
for your rules at all times.
Ephesians 1:17-20 reads,
that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places
The more time you spend with God, the better you will come to know Him and understand how well He knows you. If you want God to be closer to you, get closer to Him (James 4:8 ). He wants you to be close to Him. He wants to give you all He has for you. It is your choice.