1 Corinthians 13:1-13 (AMP)

Focus in today on verse 12. The Amplified version puts it this way, ’I have been fully and clearly known and understood by God’. How many of us crave to be known? Maybe you can think of that one friend or family member who really knows you. They get how you tick. They know the things that will wind you up before they even happen. They know exactly the right moment to say exactly the right thing. They just know you.

Or perhaps you’re reading this and saying, ‘I wish I had someone like that in my life. No-one gets me. No-one understands. No-one knows the hurt I’ve been through, the darkness I’m living in’. This time last year the UK government appointed a loneliness minister – someone whose role it is to strategise how best to reduce loneliness and isolation across the UK. The health service is bursting at the seams with lonely people, people who desire to be known by another. One government-funded report stated that loneliness is as damaging to a person’s health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day!

Today, understand that there is one who knows you fully and clearly. God knows you and understands you. The days when your head hasn’t lifted off the pillow before the tears start, He knows. The days when you seem to argue with everyone and spend the day in regret, He understands. The acting that you do to fit into the mould that seems acceptable, He knows. The fact that you’re still waiting for that special relationship, He gets it. The innocence that was stolen all those years ago, He knows. The gutwrenching feeling of another late night home from work to a cold dinner and an exasperated spouse, He understands. The God who flung stars into space and painted the seas and sunrises gets you. He understands exactly why you are the way you are and He knows you. He created you! Psalm 139 (TPT) says this, ‘Lord you know everything there is to know about me. You perceive every movement of my heart and soul, and you understand my every thought before it even enters my mind. You are so intimately aware of me, Lord. You read my heart like an open book’.

What comfort we can find in this God! And when we have received His love and understanding, we have this calling on us, in a world full of loneliness, to know others, to see them, to sit with them, to listen and to understand. Surely this encapsulates the love that Paul talks of in 1 Corinthians:13 – the kind of love that ‘endures long’ and is ‘patient and kind’, ‘not self-seeking’ but is ‘ever ready to believe the best of every person’. Today, pray and invite God to know a part of you that you’ve been trying to hide.

Welcome Him into that place, aware that He already knows and understands. And challenge yourself to reach out to someone in your sphere. Ask God to lead you to someone you can know today.