I’ve discovered unbelievable peace from one truth…God knows. Those two little words have changed my perspective on life. With every new concern, I have to remind myself that God is omniscient. He simply knows all. We face so much uncertainty in life, so much injustice. But God knows our unknowns. He sees all. Nothing is hidden from Him. There’s no hiding behind closed doors or faking coverups. Nothing in all creation can hide from him. Everything is exposed before his eyes. (Hebrews 4:13)
While meditating on Jeremiah 29:11, I just recently understood the full impact of this verse. It begins with two little words…God knows. I’d always focused on the good- prosperous-hopeful-future theme of that verse. But there’s powerful truth in those beginning two words alone.
So as I was praying about the numerous things I see through clouded vision, I remind myself once again of the truth of those two little words. God knows. He sees what I can’t see. His vision reaches into the nitty gritty of life where no one else can enter; it reaches into all eternity. Mine is limited by time and mortality. My life is a little dot on the page. His is complete knowledge that reaches back to the beginning of time and projects into infinity and beyond! It’s mind boggling. God knows what I am going to say even before I say it. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to understand. (Psalm 139:4,6).
As I look back over my life, I remember several times of uncertainty. I didn’t know what moving to Indianapolis back in December of 1972 would mean for us. Newly married and seeking God’s guidance for a church and career, we were thrust forth from the East coast to a city Easterners labeled Indiana-noplace. No matter how they teased, they didn’t know God was in the move. We came looking for a church, and God provided. We came looking for a house, and God provided. Houses in the East were out of touch for us. At nearly half the cost of one in Philadelphia, we bought our first home. God knows the exact time and place where we should live. (Acts 17:26)
My husband was hired by a local CPA firm and engulfed into a world of healthcare accounting, part of God’s preparation for a practice of his own, a nursing home business and eventually a non-profit property management firm. We didn’t know why all of these opportunities came his way. But God knows the way that we should take…(Job 23:10). We can make our plans but the Lord determines our steps. (Proverbs 16:9).
Working as a teacher, I longed to be a full-time mom. Infertility, miscarriage, waiting. I wondered why all my friends were baby machines and my arms were empty. I didn’t understand child abuse, abortion, or the injustice of my situation. But God knew, and even though His timing was not mine, He settled me in my home as a happy mother of children. (Psalm 113:9).
Attending a church where our college friends had settled brought us great fellowship and spiritual growth. I didn’t know the sons born to me would eventually be on staff at this church many years years later. But God knew the good plans He had for our hopeful future. (Jeremiah 29:11)
After 36 years at the same church where we thought we’d live out our days, God thrust us forth to a new harvest field. Downtown Indy. Central Library. City Community Church was launched in March of 2009. I didn’t know what to expect as our hearts were torn leaving all we’d known and loved for so many years. But God knew. I wouldn’t trade the pain for all the fruit we have seen in seven short months since the launch of CityCom. The Lord does everything right. (Psalm 145:17)
May I encourage all of you reading this with one simple truth. God knows. Rest in that. Some day you’ll look back like I have and realize that God knew all your unknowns. And that’s enough to bring rest to your soul.