There is a popular Christian song by Torin Wells called Known that has been really speaking to me. The chorus says:
I’m fully known and loved by You
You won’t let go no matter what I do
And it’s not one or the other
It’s hard truth and ridiculous grace
To be known fully known and loved by You
Hard truth. God has always spoken hard truths to me. I admit He is the only one that really takes that stance with me. There are people who will speak the truth, but most back down if I push back. God doesn’t. He knows when to be gentle with me. He knows when I need to be told “how the cow ate the cabbage.” He also knows when I need the truth to smack me across the face, which generally is how it must eventually come.
It not easy to hear the truth in your own life. Listening to the song, I can see in my own life times where God has spoken hard truth to me. I am getting better at hearing the truth from Him. He used to have to use multiple signs and messages to get it through my thick head that He was talking to me. I used to feel like every preacher I was listening to was reading from the same script. I suppose in a way they were, because of the anointing on their life. However, the reality was the television stations were choosing to air a pre-recorded shows. It was more than a coincidence, it was a God thing. He does whatever He can to get our attention, in ways that only He knows to do. He speaks the truth, even when it is hard to hear.
His revelation of hard truth is met with His ridiculous grace. God has never brought me to a truth in my life, that wasn’t met by grace. It is ridiculous to see God meet me where I am and care enough about me to not leave me there. His grace is freely given. He gives me the grace to forgive. Grace to accept. Grace to change. Grace to walk it out. It might not be an easy process, but His grace has carried me through every time. Sometimes His grace comes immediately. Other times it carries me kicking and screaming until I am ready to accept His empowering grace.
The song says it best, I am fully known and loved by Him. God knew every sin I would commit. He knew every failure. He knew every time I would fall and yet He chose to save me anyway. He knows everything about me – the good, the bad and the ugly. There is nothing in my life that is hidden from me. He sees the things I see. He sees the things others see. He sees the things that I have yet to discover. He knows me fully.
The amazing thing about God knowing my fully, is that He still loves me completely. His love never fails, even when I do. It is never-ending, because He is eternal and He is love. His love is unchanging, because He is unchanging.
I have just been meditating on the fact that God loves me enough to tell me the truth. He is tells me the truth even when it is hard to hear. God’s grace is big enough to meet me where I am at, but ridiculous enough not to leave me there. He knows me well enough to know when to push, when to pull me kicking and screaming, and when to gently walk beside me until I can accept His truth, love and grace. I serve a truly amazing God. How have you seen the Truth, Grace and Love of God in your life?