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God Knows You

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“How do you know me?” Nathanael asked. Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Phillip called you.”

John 1:48

I just saw the coolest PBS documentary about Emperor penguins! After marching up to 125 miles across the sea ice, the mother must find her chick among the thousands of others in the colony. That sounds impossible enough, but it gets worse: all the chicks and their dads–who are with them–look EXACTLY alike. To find her husband and their offspring the mother issues a unique call which only her partner can identify.

“When’s mom gonna get here, dad? I’m hungry!”

“My sheep know my voice and they follow me”

John 10:27

Jesus spoke these words in denunciation of a group of Jewish leaders who rejected Him. Basically, He told them, “Guys, the reason you don’t get it is because you don’t got it.”

True believers recognize God’s voice, but can He pick theirs out of a crowd? Of course He can! God is all-knowing and familiar will all of our ways (Psalm 139:3b). He recognizes our needs BEFORE we do, (Matthew 6:8) and knows the secrets of our hearts (Psalm 44:21b).

The concept of being intimately known by our creator is clear. However, what does this look like in real life?

The about-to-be disciple, Nathanael, had never met Jesus. Yet when Christ saw him approaching He said, “Here is a true Israelite, in whom there is nothing false.” — (John 1:47) Jesus saw much more than a guy sitting under a fig tree–before Phillip called him over. Clearly, the Son of God knew the character qualities of an apparent stranger. This surprised Nathanael enough for him to say, “How do you know me?”

God has this same level of intimate knowledge about each one of us.

I love Romans 8:27 and Romans 8:29. They serve like bookends for one of the most quoted comfort scriptures of all time.

(27) And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.

(28) And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.

(29) For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brothers.

With God we can be ourselves. He knows us anyway!

By davidsdailydose

I'm just a regular guy who was
tempted to lose all hope but did not. It was God who made the difference.

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My favorite verses are (Romans 8:26-28 WEB) 26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what [is] the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints, according to [the will of] God. 28 And we know that all things work together for good, to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose.

I am comforted to know there’s someone in my heart that knows more than I do. I can look back at my life and see the difference when “I was in charge”!

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Couldn’t have said it better. The only thing I will add is that God knows us and loves us for who we are. He loves us so much that he gives us free will to choose to love him. He wants us to want to love him and be with him. Our lives should be spent aspiring to be as obedient and loving as possible in His eyes.

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I am still trying to catch up on my reading from the day off being fatiqued. I have made a rod for my back on the amount of reading I do…haha! I have an early start in the morning, so I am off to do some 💤💤😁

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Thank you, brother! I always appreciate your thoughts. In fact, I was just thinking today, “Alan hasn’t chimed in on my latest post—I hope everything is alright.”
It must be around midnight in Fife. You are truly a night 🦉 owl! Blessings.

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As I recall from the documentary, it’s the father penguin who calls out to the mother. However, all the dad penguins are talking at the same time! It just sounding like a bunch of bird noise to me.
Yes, it is wonderful to be fully known by our loving creator.
Thank you for the engagement. God Bless!

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Yes, God knows each and everyone of us intimately as we know Him. The Light of the Lord shines through each and everyone of us, some of us are blind to it or just slow to catch on😉 I too adore penguins and have always found them fascinating. They mate for life too which is unusual in the animal world. Great post today David🙏

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Very nice. I remember when we did the Living Last Supper. One version had Nathaniel explaining that when Jesus said this, Jesus ment he knew him from a baby. When Nathaniel’s mother would place him under a fig tree when she worked the fields. Thank you for doing what you do. You give great insight.

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Isn’t that what we really want…. to be known fully, to be understood. I think the story of Nathaniel means so much because it communicates that God wants to know us. Also, that He sees the good motivations that are hidden in our hearts. There is a love and tenderness in the looking. He isn’t looking at us with judgment and coldness.

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All of those verses are beautiful, but I especially love Romans 8:28. What encouragement for whatever comes our way in life to know “God works for the good of those who love Him”! Thanks for the uplifting post!

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