"What matters supremely, therefore, is not...the fact that I know God,
but the larger fact which underlies it - the fact that he knows me. I am
graven on the palms of his hands. I am never out of his mind. All my
knowledge of him depends on his sustained initiative in knowing me.
I know him because he first knew me, and continues to know me. He
knows me as a friend, one who loves me; and there is no moment
when his eye is off me, or his attention distracted from me, and no
moment, therefore, when his care falters. This is momentous know-
ledge. There is unspeakable comfort - the sort of comfort that ener-
gizes, be it said, not enervates - in knowing that God is constantly
taking knowledge of me in love and watching over me for my good.
There is tremendous relief in knowing that his love to me is utterly
realistic, based at every point on prior knowledge of the worst about
me, so that no discovery now can disillusion him about me, in the way
I am so often disillusioned about myself, and quench his determination
to bless me. There is, certainly, great cause for humility in the thought
that he sees all the twisted things about me that my fellow human beings
do not see (and I'm glad!), and that he sees more corruption in my than
that which I see in myself (which, in all conscience, is enough). There is,
however, equally great incentive to worship and love God in the thought
that, for some unfathomable reason, he wants me as his friend, and desires
to be my friend, and has given his Son to die for me in order to realize this
- J.I. Packer in Knowing God *
* This book is available wherever books are sold and is copyrighted 1973.