What is more important: the people you know; or that the Lord knows your name? What is more important: pleasing people; or that people know God is pleased with you?
Our lives have significance when we believe that God not only knows our name, but knows us intimately. Every task that we do has meaning for today and for eternity when we know that God is pleased with us and what we are doing.
You are known by God, and that is enough! God knows the essential reality of who you are, what is bringing you joy, and what is stressing you out. God created you and knows all there is to know about you. You are God’s special treasure.
For Moses knowing that God was pleased with him, and that God knew his name was sufficient. By faith Moses believed that God’s presence would go with him as he lead the Israelites to Canaan after they had made the golden calf (Ex 32-33).
Knowing that you are known by God, you can move away from the shrines of self-worth, of possessions, or accomplishments and step with faith onto the unseen path of God’s story. By faith, you have the privilege of enjoying the presence of the One who loves you and enables you. When you walk by faith, you walk unencumbered by idols. When you walk by faith God is pleased with you.
Not only does God know your name but God who is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness (Ex 34:6) promises to be with you.
With God present in your life, as Augustine wrote, the world sees “a mind through which Christ thinks, a heart through which Christ loves, a voice through which Christ speaks, and a hand through which Christ helps.”
Bask in the wonder that God is pleased with you and knows your name.
But now, this is what the Lord says—
he who created you, Jacob,
he who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; (Isa 43:1-3a)