“The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and He knoweth them that trust in Him.” (Nahum 1:7)
God knows …..
He knows the complex, and the simple; and not just that, but every fact that can ever possibly be known …. He doesn’t just know, for example, which of His children are in bankruptcy court this morning, or how many of us could eat an entire bowl of popcorn if it was set down before us ….
His knowledge is not limited; as if it could be; to His lofty, omniscient awareness of the past, present, and future, in all places, everywhere …. but He knows which of His children have a bump on their tongue from that white lie they’ve told ….. which daughter prefers pink nail polish over red, which son favors football over basketball, and which of His children like crunchy peanut butter better than creamy ….
Nor does He know only what the Bible makes clear that He knows about us; things He knows personally about all His people; things like knowing our name ~ “Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.”
(Isaiah 43:1). Or knowing our thoughts ~ “Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.” (Psalm 139:2)
Or knowing the exact number of hairs on our head, like Jesus referred to with His disciples in (Luke 12:7) ~ “But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.”
Yes, He knows all of that ….
And yet, maybe even more profound than His knowledge of facts, names, dates, and faces is the liberating truth that He knows those who take refuge in Him …. “He knoweth them that trust in Him.”
Yes, He knows when you are trusting Him. He knows when you’re believing Him. He knows when you’re refusing to give in to your standard go-to reactions of fear, worry, escape, or addictions, and when you are genuinely laying it all down: leaning, resting, and waiting on Him ….
He knows ….. No one else may know it; not yet anyway. But you can be absolutely sure God knows and can be trusted to respond to your faith with living evidence of His love and goodness toward you; based on His knowledge of you and your right-now situation. Yes, this very second the Creator of the world is thinking about You.
Maybe someone has harmed you; they’ve said something to you; they’ve hurt you; perhaps even repeatedly hurt you, and you’re not over it yet; but the Lord knows if you’ve chosen not to take vengeance on that person or those people. He knows you’re not seeking payback. He knows you’re not going to be mean-spirited or unkind in your thoughts or actions; despite whatever hateful suggestions your emotions may be feeding you …..
He also knows if you’ve chosen to take the next step ~ to forgive them ~ to write off the whole distressing matter, to let it go. He knows when you’ve determined, as a forgiven person yourself, not to treat someone else with the stone-cold, merciless rejection that God could so easily have expressed toward us as well ….
He knows, too, when you’ve chosen to go beyond even these admirable lengths; beyond release, beyond forgiveness; and have trusted His Spirit to help you actually “love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you” (Matthew 5:44).
He knows when your heart is genuinely turned toward praying for and working for the blessing of these people who’ve hurt you, to the point where you’re taking Paul up on his daring challenge: “therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink” (Romans 12:20–21).
God knows when that’s you, just as He knows when it’s not …. I ask you: which one do you want Him to know you for today?
In summary; the Word instructs us ~ “whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” (Philippians 4:8).
This week, recall times when you’ve taken refuge in the Lord. What is most memorable about those experiences? Think of times when you’ve tried to make something else your refuge … how did that work out for you? What can you identify that derails you from taking refuge in God alone? What is hindering you from completely surrendering and placing your trust in God ??
“For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.”
“He revealeth the deep and secret things: He knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with Him.” (Daniel 2:22)
“Woe unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the Lord, and their works are in the dark, and they say, Who seeth us? and who knoweth us?
“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.” (Colossians 3:23-25).
Let us pray ~
Father; thank You for giving me this treasured place in Your Word ~ this place that is so reflective of Your heart and Your goodness, which reminds me that You even notice my reliance upon You ….. Thank Youfor being that solid rock that gives my trust in You a solid firm place to stand ….
Lead me to trust You more, and increasingly believe in the impenetrable safety of You as my stronghold. Help me Father, to resist the temptation to run to false hideouts that provide me no safety. When You look at me, may You see Your child who runs first and foremost to You ….
I praise You for Your goodness, and for Your graciousness. I give You thanks for Your faithfulness and patience with me. And I honor You for Your mercy, Your forgiveness, and Your grace, which You extend toward me every day. I love You Father. I pray this in Your blessed Son’s name, in the name of Jesus, Amen ….
God bless your week. God bless you all ….