The I AM says I am understood!
“You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar.” Psalm 139:2
My oldest son, Michael, is an electrical engineer who lived at home while earning his college degree. The stuff that boy was learning; there was no way I would ever be able to help him proof his work or study for a test. It wasn’t just the 3-page long equations one might expect in the major; I didn’t recognize any of it! The vocabulary was completely unfamiliar, Snubber, Bipolar Junction Transistor, Diodes! And the acronyms! No way! ASIC, IBO, LNA, and P-P just to name a few. These concepts are literally a foreign language to me, LOL. (FYI, LOL is actually an acronym in EE and it doesn’t stand for laugh out loud.) Obviously, Michael and I were not going to connect through what he was learning as I had no understanding of the subject. Thankfully, we have many other areas in our lives that we do connect and understand each other.
Have you ever thought that no one understands you: no one "gets you"? We all want to be understood. How wonderful it is to know that our Creator knows us and understands us. Jeremiah 1:5 reminds us that since we were formed in our mother’s womb, He has known us. If you have trouble comprehending this, look to Jesus. He walked on this earth to bear the burdens of our journey. He knew temptation, frustration, rejection, sorrow, ridicule, and loneliness. “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.” Hebrews 4:15.
Our Heavenly Father even understands us when we don’t know how to articulate our own thoughts. “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God” (Romans 8:26-27). Isn’t that astounding? He translates our thoughts!
Not only do we want to be understood, we also want to understand. We have a desire to understand the hows and whys of our worldly circumstances. And as much as we want to know the answers to all of life’s questions, we might never be able to identify the reasons for the things we experience on earth until we are with Him in eternity. “Jesus replied, ‘You don’t understand what I am doing now, but some day you will’” (John 13:7). Ladies, that is where faith comes in. Proverbs 3:5 reminds us, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” We have to trust in the fact that because He knows us and understands us that He will always do what is best for us in His will.
Rejoice, sisters! He knows our hidden hurts, our shameful sins, and the deepest desires of our heart; we can trust Him with everything. There is nothing about us that He doesn’t know and understand. And guess what, ladies; because of the cross, He loves us and welcomes us into His arms no matter what kind of crazy we have going on inside! So today, when we feel like we don’t understand our circumstances or that no one understands us, remind yourself that the Creator of the Universe “gets you” and that’s enough. Rest in His promises, enunciate clearly, proclaim out loud, “I am understood…because He said so!”
Additional Reading: Psalm 139:2-5; 1 Chronicles 28:9; Psalm 103: 14; Lamentations 3:19-23; Hebrews 4:13-16
I praise You today for all that You are; You are the Creator of the Universe, the King of kings and Lord of lords. You are the I AM! I know that You created me on purpose for a purpose. I am who You say I am. The enemy wants to hold me back from living out the calling You have placed on my life. Lord, saturate my mind with the truth of Your Word so that I may remember that my identity is found in You and only You. Remind me throughout the day, when the world comes tumbling in, that You are in control. Reveal Your will in my life as I only want to please You. No matter how difficult my day becomes I will remember that I can do all things through You (Phil 4:13). In Jesus' name. Amen