“Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.” (Psalm 147:5, New International Version)
How great is God’s understanding Psalm 136:5 credits God’s understanding for creating the heavens, “Who by his understanding made the heavens, His love endures forever.” (NIV) This God who imagined and then created the heavens also knows and understands us. He knows us because he created us. Genesis 1:27, “So God created man after his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female.” (NIV) Psalm 103:14, promises that God knows how we are made, “…for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.” (NIV) God said, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you …” Jeremiah 1:5. (NIV) Isn’t it wonderful to trust that God knows us and understands us? The wonderful, powerful, and all knowing God knows us intimately.
God knows our thoughts; he knows our hurts, and our joy. God knows us and he loves us
God loves us very much. Luke 12:7 says, “Indeed the very hairs on your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” (NIV)
Ephesians 3:17-19, “so that Christ, may dwell in your hearts through faith, and I pray that you being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (NIV) Sometimes it may feel like we are out here on our own, but Lamentations 3:32 assures us, “Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love.” (NIV) This is how great God’s love is, according to John 3:1, “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.” (NIV) I suppose the final word on God’s love for us is John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have ever lasting love.” (NIV)
God knows absolutely everything about us. There is nothing we could do to surprise him. And he loves us God loves us despite our propensity to wonder off on our own and sin. How wonderful to have a friend that is always there for us ready to respond with love. Which doesn’t necessarily mean that he is going to keep us from facing the consequences of our actions and choices. It does mean however that God is there with us giving us the strength and peace to handle whatever is in our lives.
I wish I could count the number of bad choices I’ve made, and I know that God was there with me through all the consequence of those choices. When I was younger God protected me as ran wild and defiant. Looking back I came through a life struggling with my parents and often being a runaway fairly unscathed. God was with me while I hitchhiked across country, and slept with strangers. Those days seemed so far away now. I survived, I didn’t thrive, but I knew God was with me and that he understood even if he didn’t bless me.
Currently, my husband John and I live with our daughter. This is a consequence of choices. Choices we both made and living with her is not ideal. God has given me reason to rejoice. As we turn toward God he is restoring us. My husband got his job back; after being fired for getting a DUI in front of his office. And although I haven’t been able to work because of serious pain from back surgery and fibromyalgia I am striving for improved health.
I’m glad God loves and understands me better than I understand myself. My goal now is to understand God.
God loves and understands us, but to build a relationship with God requires us to understand Him.