I was reading Revelation recently and noticed this verse:
I know where you live—where Satan has his throne. Yet you remain true to my name. (Revelation 2:13, NIV)
Although we often think of the phrase “I know where you live…” as a threat, it was comforting that Jesus used it to express understanding and compassion. He knew the challenges facing the church in Pergamum and understood the effort and dedication it took for them to remain true to His name. I was reminded that He knows the challenges all His children face and understands the sacrifices we make to faithfully follow Him.
I was curious about other places in Scripture where God or Jesus say “I know”. There are more than I expected…too many to include here! As you read the verses listed below, think about what God knows about you and the impact that truth has on your relationship with Him — how it opens the door to far more life.
Then God said to [Abimelek] in the dream, “Yes, I know you did this with a clear conscience, and so I have kept you from sinning against me.” (Genesis 20:6, NIV)
I know every bird in the mountains, and the insects in the fields are mine. (Psalm 50:11, NIV)
But I know where you are and when you come and go and how you rage against me. (Isaiah 37:28, NIV)
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV)
This is what the Lord says: “That is what you are saying, you leaders in Israel, but I know what is going through your mind.” (Ezekiel 11:5, NIV)
But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.” (Luke 8:46, NIV)
The Father has sent me here, and I know all about him, for I [Jesus] have come from his presence. (John 7:29, TPT)
…I know [God] and I [Jesus] obey his word. (John 8:55, WE)
I [Jesus] am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me. (John 10:14, NIV)
I know that [the Father’s] command leads to eternal life. (John 12:50, NIV)
I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. (Revelation 2:2, NIV)
I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first. (Revelation 2:19, NIV)
I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. (Revelation 3:1, NIV)
…I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. (Revelation 3:8, NIV)
God wants us to know Him, too. Below are some verses recording what Biblical authors state they know about God. Consider how you have experienced these aspects of His character and how that has given you far more life.
… I know that whoever you bless is blessed, and whoever you curse is cursed. (Numbers 22:6, NIV)
I know that the Lord has given you this land and that a great fear of you has fallen on us, so that all who live in this country are melting in fear because of you. (Joshua 2:9, NIV)
I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth. (Job 19:25, NIV)
I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted. (Job 42:2, NIV)
I know that the Lord is great, that our Lord is greater than all gods. (Psalm 135:5, NIV)
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. (Psalm 139:14, NIV)
I know that the Lord secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy. (Psalm 140:12, NIV)
I know everything God does endures for all time. Nothing can be added to it; nothing can be taken away from it. We humans can only stand in awe of all God has done. (Ecclesiastes 3:14, VOICE)
The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” (John 4:25, NIV)
…One thing I do know: I was blind, and now I see.” (John 9:25, NCV)
…I know who I have believed in. I am sure he is able to take care of what I have given him. I can trust him with it until the day he returns as judge. (2 Timothy 1:12, NIRV)
You are known intimately by God. You can know God through His Word and your life experiences as His child. What a wonderful privilege you and I have to pursue far more life in Him!
Do you desire to be known and understood?
How do you feel about God knowing and understanding you? Are there things you think He does not know or understand? Things you do not want Him to know?
What verse from the first list was most meaningful to you and why?
Do you desire to know God better? How are you pursuing this desire?
What verse from the second list was most meaningful to you and why?
Thank God for one thing you know about Him or yourself that allows you to have far more life!
Copyright 2020, Shari Damaso