Written by: Tim Wood
God knows us and remembers us. He knows our name, our character, our past, our present and our future. His knowledge means that we are in relationship with Him. It includes His steadfast love, His incredible grace and His glorious riches. God has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ (Ephesians 1:3). It’s incredibly assuring to know that God knows me. It’s amazing to think that God remembers me. God’s knowledge and remembrance is solid and sure. My knowledge of God is fleeting and frail. My remembrance of God is up and down. But God remembering me is eternally up.
After the great flood God said to Noah, “I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind” (Genesis 9:15). Note the form of the promise. God did not say, “Look at the rainbow in the sky and remember my covenant.” No. The covenant promise between God and man is not based on our memory but on God’s. God will remember the promise. Our God will not forget!
When God delivered the Israelites out of the land of Egypt He instructed them to sacrifice a lamb and spread the blood on the door posts. “The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you” (Exodus 12:13). Note that God says, “I will see the blood.” My looking to Jesus will bring me peace and joy. But it is God’s looking to Jesus that secures my salvation. God knows me and remembers me because He sees the blood of Jesus.
Let this eternal truth sink down into your soul, “See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands” (Isaiah 49:16). Think of it. God engraves us on the palms of His hands. Not on the mountains for they will be removed. Not on the heavens for they will vanish. Not on the sun because it will grow dim. God does not engrave us on any part of nature or etch our names on any monument or in any palace because these things will corrode and perish over time. God engraves us on His hands. His hands are forever. His hands are imperishable. He is the Rock of Ages. He is eternal. Because we are on the palms of His hands, He knows us and He remembers us.
Let our solemn and simple prayer be, “God, you know me and you remember me forever!” AMEN.