“It is astounding how ignorant we are about ourselves! We do not know envy when we see it, or laziness, or pride. Jesus reveals to us all that this body has been harbouring before His grace began to work.”
–Oswald Chambers (My Utmost For His Highest)
This is an excerpt from my reading today, and it raises an interesting thought: who knows you? You often hear people say “you don’t know me”. While it may be true that you know yourself better than most others, there are some who might know you better than you know yourself because they see what you cannot see in yourself.
Taking this one step farther, God knows you better than anyone because He created you. As Chambers penned: we do not know envy when we see it, or laziness, or pride. Jesus has to reveal in us the flaws to which we are blind. We do not wish to see, so we don’t. It’s part of who we are, so don’t recognize what it truly is.
Who knows you? Do you think you know yourself well enough to even make decisions for yourself? Do you trust your knowledge of yourself to live your own life? Are you a good person? I know for myself, when Christ reveals flaws in me they are great and many. I wouldn’t want to live my life alone because of the evil that lives in me.
I dont know myself as well as God knows me; this means I can’t fix myself as God can. I cannot even recognize the problems in my life unless God reveals them to me. When does He reveal these things and how? By His grace and the light of the gospel and His law, He reveals to us our faults when we are alone with Him and really take and interospective look at our souls.
Find time to get alone with God. Ask Him to shine the light of His law upon your life and by grace help you to correct what is wrong in your life.
As always, thanks for reading.
–the anonymous novelist