You probably won’t be surprised to note that according to a July 2008 Gallup poll, 78% of Americans believe in God. Other less stringent polls put that number closer to 90%. If one believes in something then chances are they know something about that thing. So it is safe to say that 78% of Americans probably would say they know God or at least know something about God.
But what if I told you that God knows you?
What would you say to that? Read that statement again.
God. Knows. You.
In Galatians 4:9, Paul writes, “So now that you know God (or should I say, now that God knows you)…” Read the 139th Psalm. The fact that God knows us permeates this passage. Most of us, though, haven’t taken comfort of the fact that God knows us. Rather, it scares us to death. You mean God knows about what I am watching on TV or looking at on the Internet? God knows the way I talk to my wife and kids behind closed doors? God knows that I am only faking it on Sunday mornings for all my church friends? Yes, He does know all that, but that is a discussion of a whole other nature and I think we misunderstand what these verses are really referring to. God has been misconstrued as this spiteful old man waiting to take us out when we slip up. Sure there is sin to deal with and consequences of that sin, but nothing could be further from the truth.
These verses refer to the amazing fact that the Maker of all things created, the One who placed all the stars in the sky and formed everything we know, has a personal interest in you. He wants to love you the way you have never been loved. He wants to share with you all of the riches and fullness of Himself. He knows you, intimately, personally and passionately. This is what it means to be known by God. It means that you are so important to Him that He thinks about you constantly. Psalm 139 verse 17 states, “How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered!” What thoughts consume you? What do you think about all the time? God thinks about you even more than you think about that.
Maybe an analogy will help. When I think of God, I think of the most awesome, amazing, supreme being that there is. He is all-powerful, all knowing, and totally self-existent. He doesn’t need me at all. If I try to think of a comparison here on earth all I can come up with is an earthly king or president. I know who the President of the United States is. He knows that I am one of the 308,003,000 people that make up this country. But he doesn’t know me. He doesn’t know that I like old cars, gumbo, The Princess Bride, blue jeans and hiking boots. He doesn’t know that I married the only girl I’ve ever kissed, honeymooned in Vancouver, broken my arm and played trumpet in middle school. He doesn’t know that I love to write, wrestle with my kids and make great French toast. He doesn’t know I want a log cabin in the woods someday and a place on the beach. God knows all of that about me, and so much more. God knows things about me that I don’t even know. He knows the number of days I will live on this earth. He knows His purpose for me. He knows who will read the words I write and the impact they will have on you. He knows my heart, my soul, my needs, my desires, my weaknesses and my future. God knows me.
Somehow, I take great comfort in that. Do you know the difference between Christianity and every other major worldview? In Christianity, I am known by God. God is a living and vital entity. Every other religion worships or reveres someone who is dead. That relationship is a one-way street. I could find lots of great dead men to worship, but they wouldn’t know me. They would be nothing more than a picture or a statue. God knows me.
By having a God who knows me, I can walk confidently in this world. I can rest assured that I have purpose. I have significance. I am known and loved by the One who is Love. Psalm 139:16 says, “You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.” God has left nothing to chance. He knows you and He loves you.
God. Knows. You.