For some, it is the scariest word in the world. It means vulnerability and sharing a life that previously had no accountability or transparency with others. We get so comfortable maneuvering around people without getting close to one another that we begin to transfer this over to relationships as well as the Lord.
Galatians 4:9 talks about being "known" by God:
"But now after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage?"
While this may not seem like the most uplifting verse about the lovey-dovey-fuzzy-feel-good feelings of God towards us, it illustrates a profound chasm that we must cross of our own mistrust and fear in order to enter into a partnership with others and with God.
The greek word ginosko pops up fairly regularly in the New Testament. Strong's defines it as: "to learn to know, to perceive, to feel, to become known" and is also a Jewish word for sexual intimacy between man and woman.
Vine's defines it as understanding and recognizing. It is also indicative of a relationship in which each person knows the value and importance of the person being "known".
Let me clarify that I'm not talking about sexual intimacy with God, that's not at all where I'm headed.
But when we are known by God, we are known by Him, UNTO intimacy with Him. God wants us to recognize Him and His movement in our lives.
Emotional intimacy is a tricky thing. In order to know someone, we must also divulge our own fears, our passions, our regrets and that involves exposing ourselves in a manner that exposes us to the possibility of getting hurt. Let's face it, we're all human and we're going to get hurt and we're going to hurt others. Not that this is ever intentional or the ideal scenario, because it isn't. It's just imperfect humanity! When we begin to superimpose this fear of intimacy with other people onto God we start walling off our heart to Him and the reality that He will NEVER leave us, NEVER forsake us and that He is a GOOD Abba-Father!
Once we conquer fear, we make ourselves available for the love of God to completely overwhelm us and we realize that He fulfills our needs, our wants, our desires in a way that could only comes from such a loving father! And in the midst of that, He gets to teach us how to love Him with the love that He gives us.
I leave you with this quote from John Piper:
Deeper than knowing God is being known by God. What defines us as Christians is not most profoundly that we have come to know Him, but that He took note of us and made us His own.
Let's BE known by God!