Because I believe that Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead, I am known by God. Paul made this statement several times in his letters: in 1 Corinthians 8:3 “ But if anyone loves God, he is known by God.” and in Galatians 4:9 “But now that you know God—or rather are known by God—how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable forces? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again?” Being known by God changes your life and as a believer you are freed from the sins that enslaved you and opened to have a full relationship with God. Jesus himself spoke of being known by God in his relationship with those who believed in Him. John 10:14-15a, 27 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— just as the Father knows me and I know the Father” and 27 “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them , and they follow me.” Jesus spoke of God knowing us, even to the minutest details, even to the number of hairs on our head and how valuable we are in His eyes. Luke 12:6-7 “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. 7 Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”
So what does this mean for you? God knows you personally and values you. As a believer you also know God and hear and understand his voice. Have you ever been reading scripture and had a revelation about the meaning of a passage? Or have you been praying and feel a sense of peace come over you about what you are to do? These are examples of how God speaks to us, and how we hear and understand His voice. I am always amazed that God wants to know me and cares for me. Here are a few lines from Psalm 91 that speak of God’s care and tenderness towards me- the one He knows personally. 14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”
Being known by God leads to a life of peace and contentment in Him,