More than one child, feeling misunderstood and exasperated, has shrieked at a parent, “You just don’t get it!” In those times, they often overlook the fact that said parent once shared the exact same sentiment.
To be known and understood is an innate longing of the heart. And it has been acknowledged and addressed. For the Lord not only understands you, He knows you.
God, the Son, put on flesh and came to reveal God, the Father. To become human. To save. And to bring many children to glory.
Jesus also came preaching the kingdom of heaven. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus delivered the beatitudes and taught on prayer, fasting, priorities, worry, and right motives of the heart. He revealed the heart of our heavenly Father. And He gifted the assurance that God sees you . . . hears you . . . cares about you . . . and for you.
You have a Father who knows you. Really knows you—deeply.
And He knows what you need.
Therefore do not be anxious, saying,
‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’
For the Gentiles seek after all these things,
and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all
God is not blind, distant, uncaring. He is keenly aware of your needs.
Jesus went on to say, "Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Mat 6:33). Seek – first – God and the things of the kingdom. Prioritize the greater things rightly. That slays anxiety and worry—so you can then rest assured that He will provide for your needs. Be careful to keep it in context, however. The needs Jesus referred to here was food, drink, and clothing (Matt 6:25).
But the Father, who knows what we need far more than we do, lavished us in love. Because, far more than our physical needs, Jesus came bringing eternal riches for our souls. He bathes us in the manifest grace and mercy of the Father for our redemption, salvation, sanctification, and eternal life.
Those in Christ have been made children of God, our Father and Creator.
Will not the Creator who faithfully and generously cares for all of His vast Creation not provide fatherly care for His own child?
And does not God the Son, who willingly sacrificed to wear our weakness and vulnerabilities, fully empathize?
Jesus, Heavenly Deity, lowered Himself so that we can know the Father. And be known by Him.
Such mercy of God, to come to know us! A mercy that is ours to be utilized to better understand others.
So, when you’re feeling like the world just doesn’t get you, know—deep down in the very depths of your heart—that your Father does. And He loves you with an everlasting love.