April 5, 2018

God Knows You Better Than You Know Yourself

Written by Tripp Prince

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – April 5, 2018

By Tripp Prince

You have searched me, LORD, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely. Psalm 139:1-4 (NIV)

The Bible reminds us over and over again of the comfort and peace that comes from being known and loved by God. We are truly known and perfectly loved, even more clearly and truly than we know and love ourselves! In fact, it is often quite difficult for us to know ourselves well, to discern clearly our longings, needs, and deepest desires.

Simply put, what we think we need and actually need is not always one in the same. This is especially true in times of pain or suffering. We want to flag Jesus down and say, “Come over here! I’m hurting and need you to fix this right now!” And Jesus does want to heal us and comfort us, yet he desires to heal our deepest longings and truest needs, and does so even if we don’t know what that need is.

In the medical field, doctors often talk about treating the underlying issue rather than simply focusing on the presenting symptom. I wonder if this is true of our spiritual lives as well? Could it be that Jesus, the Great Physician, wants to free us from our sorrow and pain, yet does so by working his healing into the core of our very being? And in light of this, what does it mean for us to be calm in the midst of chaos, peaceful in the most unlikely of places?

Since God knows us better than we even know ourselves, we are free to take a deep breath, open our hands, and with humble hearts say to God, “Even in the midst of chaos and great pain, I trust that you know my deepest need. So I won’t try and run past you or tell you what’s best. I choose to instead acknowledge my limitations and weakness, trusting that you are always working for my good.”

In the mystery and beauty of God’s wisdom, instead of simply erasing pain and brokenness, he heals it by taking it upon himself and transforming it in the process. We see this perfectly and powerfully on the cross as Jesus takes death upon himself so that through it he can speak life and victory.

Take heart today and trust that the thing in your life that feels like it might be your undoing can instead be something you offer to God for healing and restoration. Though it may seem improbable or even impossible, nothing is too great for a God who knows you better than you know yourself!

 

Prayer

Father, thank you that you know us and love us perfectly. Teach us to trust you in every situation and circumstance, believing that you work it for our good and your glory. Amen.

Application

What trial are you facing that you need to hand over to God with an open hand, trusting in his goodness and care for you?

Related Reading

Jeremiah 1:5; John 10:27; Romans 8:27

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Comments

  1. Damian lopez says:

    I receive Great Peace and closure in my heart and mind in dealing with my OCD and all my fears and worries and SELF GUILT in the TRUTHFUL KNOWLEDGE THAT HOLY GOD KNOWS ME MORE THAN I KNOW MYSELF.PRAISE- I AM VERY THANKFUL PRAISE THE NAME OF GOD FOREVER.

    1. Gwynne says:

      Dear Damian,
      We are so grateful that you have found that Peace that only He can give and you are confident in the knowledge that HE DOES know you more than you even know yourself! Isn’t that just amazing?? Before the dawn of time HE knew you intimately. Thank you Father, Creator and Sovereign One!
      As Tripp stated in this devotional, “The Bible reminds us over and over again of the comfort and peace that comes from being known and loved by God”.
      Thank you for reaching out to us with your enthusiastic praise for our Father!
      Indeed, Praise the name of God forever!
      Gwynne

      “Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations.
      Before the mountains were born or you brought forth he earth and the world,
      from everlasting to everlasting you are God.”
      Psalm 90: 1-2

      “Shout with joy to God, all the earth!
      Sing glory of his name; make His praise glorious!
      Say to God, ‘How awesome are your deeds!
      So great is your power that your enemies cringe before you.
      All the earth bows down to you, they sing praise to you, they sing praise to your name.”
      Psalm 66:1-4


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