Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- November 17, 2011
“O Lord, you have searched me and you know me”. Psalm 139:1
God knows everything about us. He knows our dreams, fears and failures. He knows our noble thoughts, and He knows our foolish ones. He knows, but He knows with an eye toward eternity. His motive for the use of this exhaustive information is intimacy with His creation. Indeed, His infinite knowledge is an invitation to know Him.
He understands our nature and character way beyond our comprehension. He searches the soul for our sakes, not His, for He already knows. We do much better when we sense our Savior is watching. So, our first step in accountability is to daily ask the Almighty to search and diagnose our heart. His sensitive searchlight helps us to see our motives and methods from His perspective.
“May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer” (Psalm 19:14).
God knows you need a job, but He wants you to persevere in the process of prayerful networking. God knows you need a spouse, but He wants you to hold high your standards of conduct and character. God knows you need a house, clothes or a car, but He wants your faith focus to stay on Jesus and not stuff. God knows your every want, need and desire, so ask Him to embed His wishes into your wants.
Through prayer, fasting and godly counsel, invite the Holy Spirit to align your expectations with an eternal agenda. You trust in the Lord even when you are unable to completely comprehend His understanding, because He is God. But in time He reveals just what you need to know. You know that God knows, and that’s all you have to know.
“So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:31-33).
You can rest in the assurance that the Lord will meet your needs, maybe not your wants, and He knows what’s best. Like a parent’s love for a child, your heavenly Father loves you in spite of your imperfections. When He sees Jesus as your Savior and Lord, He sees the perfection of His son. He knows this is what you need most, for Christ is all you need.
“God, who knows the heart, showed that He accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as He did to us” (Acts 15:8).
How does it make me feel to know that God knows everything about me, yet loves and accepts me unconditionally?
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