No Orange Sauce

But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more?  Galatians 4:9

There’s a local Chinese restaurant that knows my husband’s voice well enough that when he calls in for egg foo young, the owners say, “And no orange sauce.”  It usually comes with the dish, but Daniel just doesn’t care for the sauce and the owners know this.  While anonymity sometimes has advantages, having a restaurant owner get to know you has appetizing value, too.  Letting a restaurant owner know if you like orange sauce is one thing, but being studied and figured out by the owner can be something entirely different.  Being in the driver’s seat can be empowering in any relationship, but when you feel like the passenger, there’s something a bit unnerving – unless the driver is safe and trustworthy.  A Korean preacher said it well in a sermon I heard years ago: “Friendship is the celebration of goodness.”  It takes goodness to be the kind of person with whom others want to let their guard down.  And isn’t that what we long for…to be transparent, to feel safe, to be loved…to be known.

I appreciate that David was known as a man after God’s own heart.  He wasn’t a man after a busy calendar full of righteous activity.  He wasn’t a man trying to execute perfect plans.  He was a man driven to know the heart of God.  He successfully knew his Lord intimately, but more importantly, he knew that he was known by God.  It was God’s covenant with David that made all the difference in his life.  And it’s God’s abiding covenant with you through Christ that makes all the difference in your life today.

As you wait expectantly for the Lord to act in your life, consider how you are known by Christ:

  • And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  Matthew 10:30 (He knows you intimately)
  • I have engraved you on the palms of my hands. Isaiah 49:16 (Your ways are closely watched)
  • “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 (He has a good plan)
  • He will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.  Zephaniah 3:17 (He knows when you need to be loved on)

Let these personal truths dwell in you richly as you let your guard down with the Lord.  He knows you better than you know yourself, He has your front and your back, and He promises to give you the desires of your heart as you wait on Him.

Father God, You are very great.  Your ways are not my ways, and Your thoughts are not like mine.  Help me to grasp how wide, long, high and deep Your love is for me.  I invite You into those tiny parts of my heart that no one knows about.  I long for Your love and companionship because You are good always.  Help me to keep my eyes fixed on You, Lord. 

In Jesus’ Name, amen.

In Joyful Surrender,

Lindsey

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