Alignment Series Part 3: We Can Be Honest with God
Sometimes we forget or neglect to tell God things, because we know He already knows. He does know everything about you, but He wants to know YOU. He wants you to let Him really know you. Sometimes it’s shame that keeps us hidden. But just like in Genesis 3, when God asked Adam and Eve in the Garden, “Where are you?” after they sinned and hid, He is asking you to come out of hiding.
One day, I was standing at my kitchen sink drying dishes. I wasn’t thinking about much of anything. I’m not sure if I even had God on my mind, but He spoke to my heart and got my attention. What He told me that day, forever changed the way I talk to Him. He said, “Tell me something you think I already know. I want to hear it from you.”
I stopped what I was doing in the kitchen, went into my bedroom, took my journal, and did what He asked. I started writing, and out came confessions and questions. Before long, I had all the feelings about things that were so deep inside, I forgot they were even there. But I met with my Heavenly Father that day. I felt like His daughter. I felt His love for me. I let Him see me. I poured out my heart. God listened, and I felt closer to Him than I ever remember before.
God knows everything about you anyway, right? It’s true, but you miss out when let that keep you from opening up to Him. God cares about you and your relationship with Him, and wants you to talk to Him about everything. Just like He wants you to hear His voice—He wants to hear yours.
And just in case you think He has more important things to think about, “The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.” (Psalm 37:23, NLT) He’s into your steps and your details.
Do you want to go deeper with God? Do you want to feel closer? Do you want intimacy with Him? Know God and be known by Him. There’s a word for “know” used in the New Testament quite often in reference to knowing God. It’s the same word used in Luke 1:34 when Mary asked the angel, who told her she would carry Jesus in her womb. “How can I be pregnant, when I’ve never known a man?” That word means to experientially know. It means be intimate with.
Do you know how to grow more in intimacy with God? Self-disclosure. Opening up and sharing things beneath the surface and being vulnerable produces intimacy. Invite God into the dark places, behind your closed doors. David said, “Search me and know me, Lord.” (Psalm 139:23) Pray like David did.
You don’t have to be afraid of being rejected by God when you are honest about your doubts, weaknesses, struggles, unfaithfulness, and sin. It is okay to get messy before God, because He already knows. But He wants to hear you, and He wants to heal you. He wants to know you and wants to be known by you.
Unveil, and let Him see you.
P.S. You can find all the posts in the series HERE.