"Be still and know that I am God." God ~ Psalm 46:10

Thursday, March 3, 2011

How Well-Aquainted Are We

The Christian poet, Evangeline Fedor, in her “For Prayerful Reflection” collection said, “The Lord is acquainted with all our ways.” I read that just as I was considering Psalm 139, in which David speaks of how well God knows us. It’s like a parent who knows and loves her own child ~ and you can imagine how deep and far-reaching that is! ~ but God’s relationship with us goes far beyond that love and knowledge.

And like an earthly parent, God loves us unconditionally, guides us, protects us, and doesn’t give us everything we want ~ because it might not be good for us. When our prayers don’t seem to ignite an immediate answer, it could be
that God has answered, and he has said, “No.” It could also be that the time has not yet arrived for you to understand and see that the prayer was answered in God’s all-knowing way and timing. As a parent gives a child age-appropriate information, so does God, as we grow in our spiritual maturity, give us discernment. In this, we should continually pray for wisdom.

The interesting thing about this subject, for me at least, is that God knows us, created us knowing who we would be and become, and loves us anyway! Some of us find that hard to imagine knowing ourselves as intimately as we do. We make mistakes, try as we might to follow the right path, but in our remorse, God forgives us and continues to loves us. He never gives up on us. That is truly a parent’s unconditional love.

Some of us might have grown up experiencing something quite less than unconditional love. So today, let’s celebrate God’s love. Love, in which we can rest, find peace, and be ourselves. Sounds like the right kind of home, doesn’t it?

David celebrated in Psalm 139:14, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made!” where, “fearfully” made means “awesomely”. God made an awesome you, knew what he was doing when he did it, and did it because he loves you just as you are! I encourage you to read Psalm 139 to learn just how well he is acquainted with you. Be happy and celebrate this good news!

May God bless your day!

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