Having a Relationship With a God Who Knows All
I came across the title of a book recently that made me pause and think. It was called God Knows Your Story (And He’s Not Mad!). I haven’t read it yet, but I’m guessing that somewhere in there is a reference to Psalm 139, the most prolific passage in the Bible on the omniscience (all-knowledge) of God.
The bottom line is that whatever there is to know about you and me, God knows it. The good, the bad, the grotesque…He knows it. And thankfully, as the book title suggests, He isn’t cutting us loose.
Here’s a sample from Psalm 139:
O Lord, you have searched me and known me! 2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar.3 You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
The writer, David, was completely befuddled by the extent of God’s knowledge. Why? Well, let’s back up and consider just a couple of the implications of being known, really known, by God.
- Since God knows all, when we confess our transgressions to Him we are not informing Him of anything He doesn’t already know. So the purpose of confession isn’t to make Him aware, but rather to give us a path back into fellowship with Him when we’ve lost our way (see I John 1:8-9).
- If God knows us perfectly and loves us perfectly, then His love must be outright and unconditional. Somehow, the perfect knowledge of God does not sabotage the perfect love of God. The Apostle Paul put it beautifully:
“…but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
So, as people that are perfectly known by God and perfectly loved by God, we can exhale. We can’t stop worrying about whether He would still want a relationship with us if He knew…because He’s actually known it along, but never changed His mind.
It’s a new day with God. Run with it.