Fully Known

It’s easy to get caught up in the cares of life and find ourselves covered in stress and weariness. To avoid looking like we’re drowning, we put on our public faces. We pretend all is well. But God knows we’re hiding. He knows what we’re afraid of. He knows what lies ahead and He wants to love us through it all. God says in Isaiah 49:15-16, “I have not forgotten you. Your name is written in the palm of My hand.”

As long as we live, we will have things come up that will cause us pain, disappointment, and anxiety. How we respond to our distress is very important. If we pretend nothing is
wrong, we are not being honest with ourselves and believe it or not, we are missing an opportunity to experience the power of God’s love.

When we’re tempted to dress up our hurts and pains, there are three truths we must always remember.

1. God wants to help us. 2 Chronicles 16:9 says, “For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.” He already knew we would get into trouble and arranged for us to have help long before we were born. Psalms 34:7 says that the angel of the
Lord encamps around us and rescues us from our troubles.

2. God has a plan for our troubles. Our difficulties come to either reveal things we need to correct (Hebrews 12:6) or to prepare us to help someone else who experience similar circumstances (2 Corinthians 3 – 6). God loves us and He wants us to know how deep and wide His love is for us. He doesn’t only love us when things are going well. He loves us so much that He allows us to experience life’s difficulties. When our hearts are truly His, we won’t try to hide from what we are going through. We will ask Him, “What are you teaching me in this?” and “Who do you want to bless through this?”

3. God will meet us where we are. Sometimes our troubles are of our own making. We make choices that we know do not honor the Lord. We may say something in response to what someone says or does to offend us. Our reactions may embarrass us, but God knows. We may feel ashamed and pull away from the Lord, but that isn’t His will for us. Just like Zacchaeus in Luke 19:1 – 10, Jesus will come and spend time with us. We have to confess our sin and He is
faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). God has an abundance of grace to welcome us back to Him when we realize that He never leaves us alone. 

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