To Know Him

by APC on May 09, 2018

I’m not sure when it happened in my marriage—the point when my husband and I started finishing each other’s sentences or reading each other’s minds. I can say, “Hey, can you…” and from the other room, he’ll shout, “Yeah!” It’s cool and creepy at the same time.

I suppose there’s some pivotal moment in your relationship when you’ve been around the other person long enough you really know them well. You can anticipate their thoughts, how they’ll react to certain things/situations, and their likes/dislikes.

But, the key word here is anticipate. There’s no guarantee you’ll be right, and if you are, it won’t happen every time. Even in the times of astounding correctness on the part of my husband and me, there’s times we’re way off. We’re so far away, the right answer is just a dot in our periphery.

Even with occasional misses, it’s pretty amazing to me that two people can get this way in life. But, there’s an even deeper, more intimate relationship we can have with some One who knows us even better:

O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether (Psalms 139:1–4, KJV).

Our Creator knows us—every part of who we are and what we’re to become. What’s astounding is that He’s a sentence-finisher in my mind, before I’ve even spoken. In fact, He already knows what I’m going to think before it manifests in my mind. He’s 100% accurate every time.

Having a Lord and Savior who knows and establishes our goings is a blessing that cannot be adequately described. I’m thankful for it every day and praise my God for being so wonderful. I can’t comprehend Him or what He does, but I am grateful for it.

In the same Psalm, David asked God to search him, know his heart, try him, and know his thoughts” (Psalms 139:23). Why would a man who’s previously praised God for already knowing everything about him, ask for the Lord to know him?

Such intimacy shouldn’t be taken for granted, assumed, or anticipated. No aspect of our relationship with God is owed to us—even such measures as Him knowing us: our thoughts, ways, doings, etc. I’m not saying God would ever shut this off if we’re not grateful for it. He’s God and will always know everything. But, if we’re not careful, the sweetness of the relationship can change.

Would being able to finish another’s sentences, or anticipate their desires, be as sweet to me if it wasn’t my husband? Probably not. That’s a sweetness I’ve come to adore and cherish and wouldn’t want it absent from my life. As I spend time with my husband and engage in growing our relationship, I occasionally remind my spouse I’m thankful for him. I want a greater relationship with him tomorrow than we have today.

With God, we need to praise Him for knowing us, and in the same breath ask Him to continue knowing us. Relish in the sweetness of our relationship with Him, but ask to go a bit farther, a bit deeper. We’ll want to keep asking until we can anticipate His thoughts, His ways, and know His Word. Know us, dear Lord.