Published on Sep 4th, 2013 by Pastor Ed Hlad | 0


In our Sunday services we have been studying the book of Galatians.  The people of Galatia were struggling by making their walk with Christ about themselves.  They believed that even though they were saved by faith in the work of Jesus on the cross that they could now walk with him through their own efforts.  Paul did not pull any punches as he strongly encouraged them to once again live by faith.  In chapter 4 Paul softens his plea a little and begins to get more personal.  In the middle of this personal appeal he throws in a second thought that better clarifies his point.  This second thought should cause all of us to pause today and clarify our thinking.  This clearer thinking will bring us great encouragement.


“But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God….”  Gal 4:9


It is an amazing and wonderful thing to “have come to know God”.  When God opened the eyes of our hearts so that we were able to intimately know him it was single most important moment of our lives.  Our life’s journey of allowing the Spirit and Word to guide us into a greater knowledge of who he is has been a great blessing.  But Paul says that there is something even greater than that.


When Paul says “rather” it could be translated, “better than”.  What could be better than coming to know God?  The fact that we are known by God.  God the Father, the Creator of all, the King of Kings, the Great I Am, knows us.  The word know in the Bible does not simply refer to a fact or piece of information but it speaks to an intimate knowledge or a relationship.  God, in his grace and mercy, considers it a big deal that we know him but how much more should we consider it a big deal that we are known by God?


Today, as you struggle or as you are blessed, you can look up and rejoice in the truth that you are intimately known by God.  He does not simply know your name but he knows everything about you.  He loves you with an everlasting and faithful love.  Because of the work of Jesus and the presence of the Holy Spirit in your life you can rest assured that your relationship is secure forever.  The Father’s love for you is so pure that we can be sure that any distance we experience is fully on our side due to our walking away from him.  That means that we simply need to turn back toward Him and we will find his open arms welcoming us back.  He not only loved us first but will always love us most.  His love is steady and an anchor during the most difficult storms in our life.


It is a joy to know God.  It is overwhelming to be known by him.

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