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An Understanding God

Great is our Lord. . . .his understanding is infinite [it has no limits or boundaries]-Ps.147:5

For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust-Ps. 103:14

Lately, I have been reminded and encouraged by the fact that He understands me. This, of course, is obvious since He created me. Who can know us better than He who designed us?

This fact is also very comforting because He is not just Creator. He is also Lord. Sovereignly, He rules over His creation.

As such, He is under no obligation to me. He doesn’t have to deal with me. He doesn’t have to put up with my pettiness or my problems. He doesn’t have to correct or direct me. He does have to heal or revive me. As Lord, He can do what He wants and answer to no one for it. Alarmingly, He could give up on me right now if He wanted to (and be right in doing so).

And yet, He continues to incline Himself towards me. He faithfully keeps involving Himself in the mess of my life.
He understands me.

In fact, His understanding of me is deeper than anyone’s (including my own understanding of myself). Remember what God said to Samuel in I Samuel 16:7? [T]he LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart. How about David’s declaration in Psalm 139? 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 (verses 1-3).

Now, this thorough understanding might be quite disturbing to us. After all, He is Lord of all and possesses the power to judge me for all of my imperfections and issues. One day, He will do precisely that (Rom. 14:12) much to the chagrin of those who refuse to do anything about their imperfections and issues. But right now, we are living in a “space of grace.” Lightning doesn’t strike us every time we mess up. The ground doesn’t open up and swallow us whole.

Instead of causing Him to be severe, God’s understanding of us causes Him to be loving, patient, gracious, and compassionate (even tender) towards us.

Clearly and with perfect insight, God recognizes who we are, what we are, and what we are going thru.

Be comforted by the fact that there is One Who knows the way that you take (Job 23:10). He understands!

Micah Perry

Posted by Pastor Micah Perry on Jul.11, 2015