Summary: This message shares three things (our possibilities, limitations, and needs) that God knows about us that we don't. While I am speaking to the men for Father's Day month, this message also applies to everyone.
What God Knows About Me That I Don’t Know
This is my second message for the month of June focusing on men as we look forward to Father’s Day on next Sunday. The title of my message this morning is “What God Knows About Me That I Don’t Know.” I will tell you now that I, like many of you, am very familiar with who I am and what I can do. I mean I have lived with myself on this earth for almost six decades (which sounds wiser than just saying 60 years) and I know a thing or two about me. As a matter of record, no one on earth knows more about me than I do!!! That being said, my Heavenly Father knows me intimately and He knows each of you intimately as well. He actually knows me better than I know myself if you can believe that.
Men, in general, pride themselves on being manly, which includes hiding all semblances of weakness and the inability to do something. This would include asking for directions when traveling or reading directions in order to do something he’s never done before. Why? Because we just know things and often times when it seems like we need help we really do not believe that we do. For example, when we are driving we never get lost because we are just taking the opportunity to discover one of many ways we can get to a new location. Because of this ever growing desire to learn, we do not allow our spouses to help us ruin our ability to discover and learn new routes as we travel to our destination. Again, we are this way because we know who we are and what our capabilities are. But is this in fact true? While it sounds comical for many men this is their reality. So in this message I want my brothers to understand that God knows things about us that we do not know and when we yield to Him He gives us deeper insights into ourselves that can help us become stronger men of faith.
Let me use myself as an example. When I was born my father was 29 years old. He had 29 years of knowledge by the time I took my first breath. In my first year of life, my father knew me. He knew my voice. He knew my likes/dislikes. He knew me on a very personal level as there were times when he too changed my diaper. In that first year when I knew nothing, he knew me. As I continued to grow and learn, my father was steadily growing and learning with me. You see, he knew things that I did not know so it was his job to protect me from my own stupidity. For example, my father knew that I should not touch a hot stove as it could burn me. I did not know this so of course I would reach for it only to have him stop me. My father knew I should not walk in the streets so he would hold my hand to make sure I stayed on the sidewalk when we were out walking. My father knew that I needed to learn the multiplication table so he took time and worked with me until I knew it. These were things that my father knew about me that I did not know. These were things that my father knew that I would need that I did not know. He knew those things because he was a father and understood what I needed based on what his parents had taught to him. All fathers hand down similar teachings to their children as a means to teach and protect them. Well men, God does the same. He knows things about us that we do not know. He knows things that we don’t know but need to learn. After all, He’s our Father and fathers are supposed to teach their children. This morning I will focus our attention only on three things (among many) that God completely knows about us that we do not know but need to. The three things He knows intimately about us is our possibilities; our limitations; and our needs. Turn with me to Psalm 139:1-6, 15-16.
“O LORD, you have searched me, and known me. You know my downsitting and my uprising, You understand my thought afar off. You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, You know it altogether. You have hedged me behind and before, and laid Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it……My frame was not hid from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes did see my substance, being yet unformed; and in Your book they were all written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.” (Psalm 139:1-6; 15-16)