God has never learned anything. Wrap your mind around that! Well, we can’t. God is unknowable. Yes, as a follower of Jesus, I know God, but I don’t know him as my wife or child. I can’t know God because He is, in every way, different from me. Am I sure? Yes, He told me so:
We are made in his image
We can rightly claim that God made us in His image. Yes, just as we can say that a penny is made in the image of Abraham Lincoln, but a penny is nothing compared to President Abraham Lincoln. So it is with us; we are nothing when compared to God. Isaiah prophesied:
Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket, and are accounted as the dust on the scales; behold, he takes up the coastlands like fine dust. – Isaiah 40:15
For he [the LORD] knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust. – Psalm 103:14
God has never learned anything
Right about now you’re thinking, “Hey, tell me some GOOD NEWS.” I just did. 😉 God has never learned anything because He has always existed and has always known everything. Now consider your needs, your problems, your hopes, your heart. God knows all of them. God cares. “Casting all your care on him; for he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7 AKJV)”
What is the price of two sparrows—one copper coin? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. – Matthew 10:29
So God is not just aware of us. He knows us intimately. He knows us continually. He comprehends us.
1 O LORD, You have searched me and known me.
2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
You understand my thought from afar.
3 You scrutinize my path and my lying down,
And are intimately acquainted with all my ways.
4 Even before there is a word on my tongue,
Behold, O LORD, You know it all. – Psalms 139:1-4
Really Good News
So we have some inkling of just how great God is. And we know that He comprehends each of us intimately and continually. So here is the really good news. Neither you nor I am able to make it through life without help. Oh, what a wonder it is to throw our travail on God. “Casting all your care on him [God]; for he cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:7
That word “casting” (ἐπιρίψαντες) means to throw. It’s like carrying 50 pounds of potatoes on your back. God says, “Throw it to me!” How wonderful it is, as a child of God, to be known, to be understood, to receive compassion; who doesn’t need these?
You have a friend
Jesus knows us, understands us, and, through salvation, becomes our friend that sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24) and He is our mediator with God (1 Timothy 2:5). We can’t fully know our heavenly Father, but Jesus does. “As the Father knows Me, I also know the Father… (John 10:15)” And Jesus declared the following from the perspective of what the Holy Spirit inspired Paul to write:
For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. – 1 Corinthians 2:11
You are known by God if you’ve been saved by Jesus.
But God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.” – 2 Timothy 2:19
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