What God Knows
For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son … Romans 8:29
This is a statement that digs into the mystery of the things God knows. Many theological treatises have been composed to try to explain predestination and the consequences of the foreknowledge of God! I’m tired after just typing that, honestly. True, there is a place for deep theological discussion. I’m not dismissing that. But what is it that God knows?
In a word, he knows us. He knows those temptations that trip us up every single time. He knows the pattern of thoughts we revert to when we’re stressed or angry or sad. He knows the battles we face with bad habits and addictions and behaviors. Knowing all that, his one desire is that we be conformed to the image of his Son. He also knows we do not have the power to do that.
Acting out of love for us, God moves to powerfully shape our hearts so that they look more and more like his Son Jesus. In a battle we were certain to lose, Jesus steps in and saves the day. While the threat of complete spiritual failure looms all around us, God calls … justifies … and even glorifies (Romans 8:30). It’s hard for me to see it in myself, but God knows.
God knows we win because he sees to it. If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31). And God knows that no enemy is powerful enough to reverse his victory. That’s why we’re not just conquerors, we’re more than conquerers through him who loved us (Romans 8:37). God already knew the outcome when he stepped into the battle to save us.
On a day when you don’t know if you can do it any longer … when you feel defeated and discouraged … stop thinking about what you know and consider what God knows. Remember he does know. And he loves and saves anyway.
Thanks for reading, JD