The lowest point in my relationship with God was caused by a secret. It wasn’t big or bad—just a feeling locked away in my heart. Of course, in my mind, I knew that God knew my secret feeling. I even knew the theological term for God’s all-knowing: Omniscience. But sharing the secret with anyone was just too scary. And admitting my secret feeling to God seemed even more risky. What if, once He knew, He just didn’t like me anymore?
1 Cor 13: 12 reassures us that we are “fully known” by God. While I kept my secret, that phrase felt more like a threat than a reassurance. I thought, God knows me, so I had better be good! However, the context of this phrase (found within the famous “love is” passage”) encourages me that God’s knowing is patient and kind, not angry or keeping track of my wrongs. Awareness of the depth of God’s love for me helped me feel more comfortable with being known by Him.
When you realize that God knows and loves you, it helps you develop greater intimacy with Him.
Here are three steps that will help:
I shared my secret feeling with God. I acknowledged how I felt, accepted it, and sat in the misery of it with God. Through the process I experienced His love and closeness in a new way.
Being comfortable with being known has given me confidence in other relationships too. I can share my secret feeling with you: after a traumatic experience, I felt unworthy of love. Sharing my secret feeling led to healing and greater intimacy with God and people. God longs to have an intimate connection with you. Trust Him, follow these steps and grow in experiencing His love.