How Well God Knows Us: Part I

Thursday July 14, 2011

Let’s do a self test to see how well you know yourself. What did you have for breakfast this morning? Who is the last person you saw? What color is your car? How many people do you have in your family? How many pets do you have? (By now you should be 5 for 5 in right answers). These next five questions are a little harder. If you are married when is your anniversary and how many years have you been married? What were the last school grades your children got? Where is the last place you took your vacation and how many days did you take off? When is the last time you had a doctors check up? How many hours of sleep did you get last night? how well did you do on these five? The last five are harder still. When was the exact second you last sat down? When was the exact second you stood up from sitting down? Do you know what you will be thinking one hour from now or one day from now? When is the exact second you will be going out of your house or when you will be coming back into your house? And the last question, what will be the next word on your tongue? I dare to say that none of you got a question right in this last group of questions. To know these questions, you would have to know yourself so intimately that you know every aspect of your life and I dare say that no one knows you that well. Well no one but the Lord.

In Psalms 139 this morning I was reading and pondered the first four verses that caused me to recognize God’s understanding of me–and you. “You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, lord, know it completely. (Psalm 139:1-4 NIV). If God knows me that well, He obviously knows the steps that are best for me, and knows what kind of thoughts I need to be thinking, and also knows what kind and gentle words I need to be speaking. What would happen if I depended upon Him to move through me this day? What would happen if I allowed Him to speak through me today? What would happen if I allowed Him to reorient my thoughts for today?

On this journey, be have the supreme Being who knows what’s best for our lives and for our communication and for our thoughts and all we need to to is turn our lives over to Him for the transformation to begin.

About James Gorton

I am happily married to Nadine, a person I've known for 20+ years. She and her late husband owned Airpark Auto Service where I took my car for years. Four years after my wife died we began dating and the rest is history. We have a blended family of 6 children between us and love visiting them across this country. We recently had our third grandchild between us. We love to hike, bike and ski. I am a psychologist and do relational life coaching for marriages and families primarily. I love what I do and never get tired of seeing marriages and families move to more healthy places in their lives. Five years ago my oldest daughter Deborah encouraged me to begin writing my thought into a blog I call my Jlog (Jim's log). I have become more and more passionate in connecting everyday experiences to spiritual truths. I hope that as you read my Jlog, you will gain insight into your personal life and experience true growth in your personal and relational life.
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