Have you ever asked yourself, “Does God really know me? Does he really love me?” I know I have asked myself this question countless times throughout my life. This world has a way of hiding truths from our hearts, and important details like this one can get lost in the path and obstacles of life.
I tend to be a thinker, and as a thinker, I often ponder about life, our society, our nations, our world, analyzing and seeking to understand things from different perspectives, such as historical, cultural, and psychological. These things are all within my grasp of understanding, but something that usually goes beyond my scope of understanding is pondering on God and Who He is, How He is, How His presence is everywhere, and then there’s the ultimate “Does God really know and love me?” question.
This concept has always been difficult for me to understand, because according to His Word, He does really know us and love us – every single individual on the planet is known by God!
He knows everything we do, and everything we think:
“You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my every thought when far away. You chart the path ahead of me and tell me where to stop and rest. Every moment you know where I am. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, LORD.” Psalm 139:2-4 (NLT)
He knew us even before we were born, and He formed us in our mother’s womb:
“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous – and how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.” Psalm 139:13-16 (NLT)
“‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.'” Jeremiah 1:5 (NIV)
He places great value on each and every one of us:
“What is the price of five sparrows? A couple of pennies? Yet God does not forget a single one of them. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to him than a whole flock of sparrows.” Luke 12:6-7 (NLT)
He has awesome plans for our lives:
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'” Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)
He considers us His friends, and loves us more deeply than we can begin to fathom to the point of making the ultimate sacrifice: laying down His life for us:
“And here is how to measure it – the greatest love is shown when people lay down their lives for their friends.” John 15:13 (NLT)
He loves to give us gifts, and He hears our prayers and petitions:
“Keep on asking, and you will be given what you ask for. Keep on looking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And the door is opened to everyone who knocks. You parents – if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! If you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.” Matthew 7:7-11 (NLT)
Now, accepting these verses as truth and understanding this concept are two completely different things. For a long time, I have accepted that God knows me and loves me, but never really understood its implications. I would still ask questions like the following:
“How can God love every single person on the planet? I don’t know as many people as He does, but I know it’s not always easy to love every single person in my life.”
I’m pretty sure you can relate – we all know people who, let’s just say, make it “challenging” to live out Jesus’ commandment to: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:39, NLT).
One day a few months ago, as I was driving, I was thinking about this very subject, and suddenly I had the privilege of receiving a “brain dump” from God that lasted less than 30 seconds, but provided me with such a clear understanding of His answer to the above question that I’m still processing its full significance. God used an analogy that worked on my level of understanding:
When we meet someone, whether it’s a newborn child, niece or nephew (basically a new family member), or a new friend, we get to know them better as time passes, which in turn evolves to loving that person. In a parent’s case, they love their child from the beginning, even before that child is born, but even when it comes to meeting new people (friends) in our lives, as we open our hearts to that person and they do the same, we eventually come to love that person. Basically, from a human perspective, loving someone comes from knowing someone.
This is how God loves every single person on the planet – He knows us all and has known us all even before we were born! He formed each of us in the womb, and He knows us more intimately than any other person on the planet – even more so than ourselves! It doesn’t matter what choices we make in our lives, good or bad, He loves us regardless, just as a parent loves his or her child no matter what mistakes the child makes, and no matter what stage in life they’re at!
So, the typical human cycle of relationships, whether they be family or friends, is the following:
- You meet someone
- You get to know this person
- You come to care about this person
- You come to love this person
God’s cycle is more like this:
- God conceives you in thought and already knows you even before you exist
- God forms you in your mother’s womb and, again, knows you from the beginning of your existence
- God loves you from the conception of the “idea” of who your are, even before you know yourself, and continues to love you forever
After receiving this revelation, everything seemed so much clearer to me when it comes to understanding God’s love for us! We can’t think of His love from humanistic standards, because He doesn’t work on the same level as we do.
For example, to us, a murder is a much worse crime than someone stealing a toddler’s lollipop, however, from God’s point of view, they are both equal! To God, sin is sin, and its severity doesn’t matter to Him – it is all equal in His eyes – it is all sin. God hates our sin, but He loves us, no matter what sins we have committed in our lives!
Almighty God, Father, and friend, indeed KNOWS YOU AND LOVES YOU! Take a few minutes to watch the video below. It is a letter from God’s heart to yours:
(If you are unable to see the video, click here)
Remember that in life, your ultimate need is not food, shelter, or even family and friends, but rather, knowing and having God in your life! He already knows you, He already loves you, and He will never let you go! Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for you and gave his life for you in order to close the gap that sin creates between you and God. He opened the door so that you can have a relationship with Him, just as He desired when He first created us!
When you’re feeling overwhelmed with life, remember that God is with you every step of the way, and He wants to help you in every aspect of your life. Take a few more minutes to clear your mind, then listen to the song in the below video. They are God’s words to you!
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