8 Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods. 9 But now that you know God–or rather are known by God–how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable principles? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again? (Galatians 4:8-9 NIV)
The fourth chapter of Galatians was written by Paul to the folks in Galatia to remind them that God, through His Son Jesus, has freed them, and us, from the shackles of sin’s slavery and made them His very own. Now that is something to celebrate on a Wednesday morning.
As I was thinking about what Paul has written, one phrase caught my eye–“But now that you know God–or rather are known by God…” I can remember in times past telling people that “when I accepted Jesus” or “when I found Jesus” my life began to change. I don’t use phrases like that any longer. There are two reasons why: First of all, it wasn’t Jesus who was lost and needed to be found. I was lost. I was wandering aimlessly through life trying to find my way. I was the one trying to do right (some of the time at least), but still ended up doing wrong. Secondly, I learned from God’s Word that God knew me long before I ever knew Him.
“To be known by God.” Ponder that for a moment. The longer I meditate on that thought the more I am overwhelmed and humbled by the glorious love of God. If I was standing in a crowd with my friends at a Thunder game and Kevin Durant walked up and hugged me as he said, “Hi Mike. How are you doing?” My friends would go nuts. They would say, “You know Kevin Durant? How do you know him?” Well, I don’t know Kevin Durant and neither does he know me, but I know that we tend to take great pride in the fact that somebody famous, someone seemingly larger than life knows us. I’ve heard that Kevin is a great guy, but I don’t know Kevin. Even thought I don’t know Kevin or anyone else who is famous for that matter, I am known by One much greater than Kevin. God knows my name. He loves me with an everlasting love. He strengthens me with His grace and mercy each minute of every day. He has promised to go with me into this day. Before I ever gave God a thought–He knew me. What an amazingly humbling thought! Why would I ever long to know any one else?
My prayer today, Lord, is that I would remember that You knew me before I ever breathed my first breath. You have been with me, and are with me, as I go into this day.