The Lord Knows Us
Every Nook and Cranny
Thursday, August 24, 2023
Think We Can Hide Out There?
God Knows All About Us!
And he said to me, ‘You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified.’
Acts of the Apostles 10:36
You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all.
Words of Grace For Today
Bonhoeffer wrote Who am I? Who am I? They mock me, these lonely questions of mine. … and he ended with:
Whoever I am, Thou knowest, O God, I am thine!
That is for all of us the most determinative thing to know about ourselves, that God knows us!
God knows us, every nook and cranny, all our good past-present-future, and all our terrible, hidden, denied, covered up, destructive acts and wishes and thoughts. It can be more than scary to think God knows all that! It can be downright debilitating, making us want to give up entirely,
God demonstrates again and again, not only that God knows us inside and out. God shows us over and over again that God also loves us, as we are!
Knowing that God loves us, makes us able to love ourselves, and to love others (even though we never are very good at knowing ourselves or knowing others completely).
Knowing that we can love ourselves and others is liberating.
Knowing others do love us is marvellous, if entirely suspect, at times.
Knowing that God loves us is everything!
And of us miserable sinners (actually we are rather good at sinning) God brings us to be those who bring God to be glorified, by us and others, awestruck by God’s works for us all.