Originally posted August 2016
Our Teen Support Meeting, Fighting for Hope, meets the first Tuesday of each month. The hurts experienced by kids with an addicted parent are deep, and this meeting supports teens as they “fight for hope” in a sometimes dark world.
Below is a lesson from one of the meetings. The lesson itself is applicable to all of us.
God Knows Us!
What is your favorite thing? The thing that makes you feel better? Maybe when you are feeling bad, you know this thing will comfort you?
Psalm 139:1-14, O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it. Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,” even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you. For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Do you know someone who thinks they know you, but they really don’t?
Psalm 139 tells us that God knows us. He doesn’t just know us, He understands us. He gets you, every part of you. God’s love and care for you is so deep and complete that every step you take, every word you speak is FULLY known by God. And not just the ones we actually say or do but even the ones we think about! There is nothing about you that can hide from God. Is it a little scary thinking that God truly, fully knows you? All of you? The good and the bad? This knowledge should give us great comfort, the kind of comfort that is even better than the favorite thing you thought of at the beginning…
Nothing you feel, nothing you say, nothing you think or do, nothing is shocking to God. You can’t scare Him off. That is comforting to me, because I’ve thought, felt, said and done some pretty shocking things. He KNOWS me! He knows you – every part of you. Verse 13 says that He formed you, even before you were born He knew you and made you. Perfectly!
How can God love us this much? How can He love us this richly and deeply? Because of Jesus. Jesus took our sin, our shame, our guilt, our pain, and was killed on a cross so that we can have a new life. He took all of God’s wrath so that as followers of Jesus, we only have God’s perfect love. When He looks at us, all He has for us is the same intense, gentle, perfect love that He has for His Son. And, we are now part of God’s family! That is astounding! I don’t know about you, but I have felt like I didn’t belong anywhere, even in my own family. But now I am part of God’s family.
Have you ever felt like you don’t belong? The comfort we find in God knowing us, is that not only does He know us, He knows our joys, our hurts, our trials, our fears. Verse 12 tells us that even the darkness isn’t dark to Him.
Have you felt like you were living in dark times? Sometimes it feels like we are alone in the dark, but He is always with us. Verses 7-10 tell us that there is nowhere we can go that He is not with us.
If we begin to understand how wonderful it is that God knows us, ALL of us…. How can that help us when it feels dark, when it feels scary, when it feels painful? Maybe when we feel like we are alone and no one knows us?
At the meetings, we give a Growth Assignment for further study:
Read Psalm 139. Pick one verse to think about and write down how that verse helps you when you feel afraid, hurt, angry, unwanted, unseen, alone or whatever you are struggling with.
Would you consider sharing this post with someone who is struggling?
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