We were created to be known at a level we have yet to experience on this earth.
“You have searched me Lord, and you know me.”
Has someone ever assumed something about you that was totally off? I’m sure they have.
Have you ever been misunderstood by someone because of your actions or words? Probably.
This is discouraging because we want to be known for who we truly are. Yet when we see ourselves for who we truly are, it is frightening. Our carnal mind is tempted to turn to condemnation.
“Because God knows my truest nature, He is disappointed.”
Before we were formed, He knew.
“My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place…
…all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be…” Psalm 139
Before we lived with this nature, He chose. He gave up the Son knowing we would betray him. He chose us ahead of time. He knew you then. He knows you now. He still offers grace.
And the only way to experience this knowing is through the Holy Spirit. He woos us to Christ, where we find a new nature. A new kind of longing that can be met.
Every deep desire at its core is a desire for God.
A longing for trust. A hope for a mate. A desire for friendship. We were made for community because we were created by the Triune God. Our best relationships are a picture of what the most important relationship can be. Yet they are dim in comparison. Like a negative sitting in a dark room and slowly developing over time, the picture will come forth the day we are privileged to “know as we are known.”
Though we know Him only in part on this earth, that part is more than enough to steady our hungry hearts.
Even part of God is far superior to the whole of anything else.
No matter how close we are to another, there will always be a hunger for more because Christ is the reason we were made.
“All things have been created through him and for him.” Col. 1:16
In our hunger to be loved, to be understood, to be known- we strive and search and grasp until all other sources fall short. And then, we look. We see a glimpse. Though dim, it warms our heart like nothing else. He beckons us- come near.
And in Him, we find a love that surpasses our knowledge. He is all-knowing AND completely loving.
We invite him, “search my heart and know my anxious thoughts. Show me if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way that is everlasting.”
And He does. Beside still waters, He leads.
Hand in hand we will walk with Him, fully known.