When my mom passed away I thought: she was the only one who knew me before I was even born. But that’s not true.
So many verses throughout the Bible speak of God knowing us from even before time. Don’t we all just want someone who really gets us? Someone, who even when we spout off something we don’t mean (or do mean), wants to be right beside us?
My three year old grandson knows I get him (for the most part 🙂 ). He talks away and comes up with crazy ideas. Sometimes he will pout and insist on his way. Sometimes he wears himself out and gets grouchy. I get it. Kind of like you and me – I know I pout, want my way, have crazy ideas, and definitely get grouchy. God spoke to Jeremiah long ago, but Jeremiah is flesh and blood just like us and so the Father’s words transcend time: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart” (Jeremiah 1:5a NIV)
During the parenting years our children are sure we don’t understand them. That we’re too old, or not enlightened, or old school. Oh for some way to break through that friction parents and children have. If only they knew that we do so get them, we were once them thinking the same things.
The heart of Jesus aches the same. He wants us to know He understands. So much so that He took on flesh and walked this crazy earth. He knows how frail our bodies, hearts, and minds are. And He knows we long for a time when all the hard stuff is done with.
“Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be.” (Psalm 139:16 NIV)
And get this, this is how well God knows us: “Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely.” (Psalm 139:4 NIV) Well, I don’t think anyone else knows our next words right?
Jesus sends the Holy Spirit to indwell us – kind of a hard concept – but when we become Christians that is what happens. Talk about being well-known. In essence, that truth means we are never alone.
“Then I will ask the Father to send you the Holy Spirit who will help you and always be with you.” (John 14:16 CEV) Need someone who gets You? Just ask. You’ve always been known.
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