As I pondered this concept a sense of joy welled up in my heart. God knows! On a practical note I found myself asking, “What is the value in being assured that God knows?” Regardless of your status in life, it is critical that you know that God knows. What will this truth do for those serving in ministry?
First, it will comfort you. You may be serving in a hopeless situation. You may think that God has forgotten you. Your church or ministry may be defined by circumstances that “ought not be.” (Read II Cor. 4:7-11 where Paul faced tremendous persecution.) God could clean house and start over, where you serve, but for whatever reason He is patient.
God knows about your discouragement. In I Kings 19 Elijah ran away to the wilderness to cry, ponder and complain. God knew he was discouraged. God met him there to refresh, renew and recharge His batteries. Sometimes we fall down; God picks us up, and makes a new person out of the broken person.
If God knows, it will comfort you. However, it will also change you. It might be that He is waiting on you to change. Chris Bonts wrote a book entitled “How to Survive a Difficult Pastorate.” He included a chapter about sanctification. Chris had the courage to state that sometimes our circumstances, or people in our circumstance, are a tool in God’s hand to sanctify us. God used the Babylonians to work spiritual transformation in the lives of the Israelite people. (Jer. 29:4)
Some spiritual truth is so powerful I find it uncomfortable repeating it. The fact that God uses our circumstances to change us is one such truth. Ouch!
Finally, the assurance that God knows reminds us of His sovereignty and majesty. Look at Ps. 147 again. “He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name.” (Ps. 147:4) In His majesty God knows every star. In His majesty God calls the stars by name. I remember the difficulty of learning the planets, their size, and their characteristics in school. Our great God knows the names of all the stars in the universe.
He sees us! He knows us! What a way to go out and do ministry.