But if anyone loves God, he is known by God. - 1 Corinthians 8:3 ESV
But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more? - Galatians 4:9 ESV
Nevertheless, the firm foundation of God stands, having this seal, “The Lord knows those who are His” . . . . - 2 Timothy 2:19
Last spring my older brother Jim and I went together to visit our dad and stepmother in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Dad had recently moved to a retreat for people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Here he could receive more help with his daily needs and schedule than his wife Carol could give by herself. When Jim and I arrived with Carol, Dad was unexpectedly missing from his room. The residents have freedom to walk around where they like, so it was no emergency. But very soon Dad emerged from the room next to his, just as we three were coming down the hall toward him, I slightly in front. Dad immediately pointed at me! I walked up and gave him a big hug. What a relief! What a comfort! My dad still knew who I was. That meant the world to me.
And so it is with God. Our greatest comfort is that God knows us. He has personally written our names in the Book of Life. Jesus told the seventy short-term missionaries about their success, “Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven” (Luke 10:20). We are known. Our salvation and entrance into Heaven depend on Jesus, and He says, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them” (John 10:27). We spend our lives getting to know God, but our anchor is that we have been chosen by Him and are known by Him.
Sometime soon my father may not recognize me. But my Heavenly Father will always know me.
Cornerstone Community Church
One-Year Bible Reading
2 Corinthians 11:16-33