2 Timothy 2:15-19 – “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth. 16 But avoid worldly and empty chatter, for it will lead to further ungodliness, 17 and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, 18 men who have gone astray from the truth saying that the resurrection has already taken place, and thus they upset the faith of some. 19 Nevertheless, the firm foundation of God stands, having this seal, “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord abstain from wickedness.” NASB
1 Corinthians 8:3 – “but if anyone loves God, he is known by Him.” NASB
It means something to be known. We have all heard the saying, “It is not what you know, but who you know that counts.” There is truth in that and that is not to diminish knowing but emphasizes the importance of being known. Being known can save us from tremendous hassle, confusion, and difficulty. It frequently opens doors that would otherwise be closed. It affords privileges that would not be realized in virtually every sector of life and society.
If the President of the United States, no matter who that president was, knew me it would open doors for me. If the president were my father, the considerations would be even greater. Being known is often more important than wealth, ability, or experience. It is a prize to be desired.
The world strives for recognition, but the most important recognition is to be ‘known of God.’ The text that we used states that “the LORD knows them that are His.” He knows us through our need of Him. He knows us by the love we bear toward Him. He knows us by the trust that we place in Him. He knows us by the work we do for, with, and through Him.
According to the Bible, there is a record in heaven of every detail of our lives and “God knows.” That can be incredibly comforting or tormenting, but it is a fact that “God knows.” It is my conviction that being known of God is more valuable than anything that we can have, experience, or possess.
Being Know of God Affords Us His Protection. I love the Psalms and in 34:7 we read, “The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear Him and rescues them.” 2 Chronicles 16:9 assures us that, “the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the whole earth that He may show Himself strong to those whose heart is completely His.” In Psalms 125:2 we hear the guarantee that God is protecting us unceasingly. He is our fortress, our hiding place, our refuge as Psalms 91 declares. He protects as a mother hen would her chicks and even more powerfully and diligently.
Being Know of God Affords Us Access to Heaven’s Resources. He has invited us to enter the storehouse of heaven and receive whatever we need whenever we need it. We have an open requisition with God. We are sons and daughters, heirs of God and joint-heirs with Jesus. The Blessings of Abraham belong to us. That’s His Promises.
Studying the Word of God brings light so that we can rightly handle it, discover the truths contained therein and enjoy the promises and provisions provided. As we become one with the Word, we discover that God is faithful and the comfort we have in knowing that “God knows those that are His.”
But, for that to be of any value to me I must – Know God! I must – Study His Word. I must – Apply the Truths of that Word to my life. As I become aware of and assured that God knows me as His child I can rest in His Provision, enjoy His Peace, and receive His Power in my life. Being known of God is more valuable than anything we could possess.
Too many make Christianity far more difficult that God intended. If we can grasp the truth and receive the assurance that “God knows them that are His” we can follow the directive of Jesus and “Come to Him.” We can “take His yoke upon us and rest.” We can relax and not live fearful and fretful that we might mess up. God is far more interested in providing for us than punishing us.
What do you need today? The provision is in your relationship with Him.
God bless you as you embark on today’s leg of your life’s journey.