Being at a university of 40,000 people has some upsides and some downsides. Now, personally, I love the ability to just blend into crowds so that not one person is taking a bit of notice of me. Every once in a while, though, I walk around and think of how very little anyone here even knows me.
It’s kind of a strange feeling- so many people walking around knowing nothing about each other’s lives. I see people rushing off to somewhere and I don’t know where they’re going, what their day has been like, what they themselves are like. As far as I knew, that person didn’t exist 5 minutes ago.
What’s even crazier is thinking about the fact that every person that walks by is completely, overwhelmingly loved by God and that God has been working in their lives in some way or another since the day they were born.
Every single person!
How do I know that’s true? Our God is the God Who Knows Us – personally, intimately. God knows every thought we think, every motive we act on, every dream we dream, yet, He loves us anyway.
Here’s how the Bible describes God’s knowledge of you:
God knows exactly how many hairs are on your head at this very moment.
“Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” -Matthew 10:29-31
God knows every thought that you think before you even think it and always knows what you are doing.
“O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off.” -Psalm 139:1-2
God personally designed you before you were born.
“For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.” -Psalm 139:13
The Bible calls God, “He who searches hearts”
“Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” -Romans 8-27 (emphasis added)
It’s a bit terrifying to be known that fully by the God who has power over the universe, who is the ultimate judge of all the Earth, the Holy One. But that is only true when we forget verses like Ephesians 2:4-7.
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
God, despite our sin, despite His deep knowledge of us, loves us enough that He thought it worthwhile to come down to Earth as a man and to pay the punishment for our sins. He “who is rich in mercy” wants to make us alive in Him, to bring us to “the heavenly places in Christ Jesus”.
So often thoughts creep in that God is distant, busy, or uncaring, but always remember that He knows you fully and that He loves you completely. We can’t even fathom how wonderfully true that is.