You Already Know

Sometimes it’s hard for me to imagine how God already knows what the future holds…even the bad things.

As I think about it, God already knew during the 33 years of watching Jesus in human life that a day would come when the sin of the world would cause Him unimaginable suffering. God the Father would be forced to momentarily be separated from the Son.

God knew the pain would be temporary, but that did not make it any less painful for Jesus. The Father and Son knew it was necessary for the salvation of the world.

This is where we lose a lot of people in society…in the suffering.

When we look at a situation through earthly eyes instead of spirit eyes, then the suffering (which can be debilitating) can overshadow our reasoning and our ability to think of it on the scale of eternity.

I’ve asked, “why” more times than I can count, but God already knew the answer. Why couldn’t I know it right away?

Insert movie quote: “You can’t handle the truth!”

No, none of us can comprehend the truth all at once. We have to be spoon-fed day by day. The lessons learned and the wisdom gained as we exit each trial is like a child advancing through grades at school. We can’t go from kindergarten to graduation in one year.

To date, in my 45 years, no matter how horrific the event, no matter if I cursed God or praised Him while in the fire, God always sustained me, protected me and guided me until the smoke cleared, the tears were gone and I could breathe again.

Abraham couldn’t see how or why God would use his son, Isaac, as a sacrifice, but he walked the path in obedience that day, even with death looming over him.

  • When we face the death of a loved one, after we are able to come up for air, remember that God will use this somehow for His glory and for His kingdom.
  • In the midst of that grief that you can physically feel in your chest, the stories will begin to emerge of lives being changed or hearts rededicated. There may even be the man or woman, who through your tragedy, gets a wake-up call and surrenders their life to Jesus Christ.
  • Could I handle losing my 39-year-old brother in 2017? Eventually, yes – because God was so gracious and compassionate to show us those people who were eternally changed or saved after my brother’s death.
  • Whether it’s a Lazarus moment or a Stephen moment, please remember God is working out a much greater plan. Pray to see above the clouds and smoke of earthly sorrow to a shining city yet to come. Let that hope comfort you…

He already knows…

Moses couldn’t see what God was doing when He first sent him before Pharaoh. He even argued with God. More than once.

  • I like to imagine in my feeble, puny brain how God was probably doing a face palm when Moses tried to tell the One who breathed life into Adam…the One who spoke the stars into place…that he, Moses, wasn’t a good public speaker.
  • So, think of ALL that we know now, from the first time Moses and Aaron spoke to Pharaoh, and how that compares to our current situation today. There’s something up ahead that we can’t quite see yet.
  • Let your mind flip through the pages of the entire exodus story. The plagues, death, fear, and uncertainty affected both the Egyptians and Israelites.
  • Go to the passover details and see the blood on the door posts. Learn from the faith and deliverance of God’s people as they later journey to the Red Sea.
    • Now, this bullet is not biblically based (my commentary), but I kind of think the Red Sea moment could have followed some excessive end zone celebration by Team Israel. Maybe, just maybe, God had to give them a quick reminder that without His power (and His pillar of fire) their enemies would overtake them once again. I am adding this comment because I have been on the receiving end of such a reminder…of when I needed a reality check of Who is in control.

He already knows…

Looking back at this whole story, until the time they reached Canaan, there is also unbelievable symbolism.

I have studied the Bible for seventeen years. I am still gradually learning and understanding how these moments are beautiful threads of many colors creating an exquisite, priceless tapestry that spans from Goshen to Nazareth.

Keysha Thomaston, 08/27/2020

Although I could talk about examples of God’s faithfulness all day, the last example (for now) is Hannah.

Hannah’s story is now the theme for many nurseries, but at the time, it wasn’t a simple calligraphy Bible verse on a chalk-painted wooden sign.

She was essentially a sister-wife and was ridiculed constantly by the other wife because Hannah could not have a child. (1 Samuel, chapter 1)

  • She was in agony. She was praying so desperately that the priest, Eli, accused her of being drunk!
  • Can you imagine being so distraught and desperate for God to hear your lament and prayer that people gaze at you in disdain and judgment?
  • Her home life might have mirrored a modern-day reality show. Although the Bible clearly states her husband loved her deeply and even gave her a double portion above the others, she still “wept bitterly” over not being able to provide him with a child, and the provocations from the other wife.
  • Hannah had no way of knowing what would unfold from that very moment of her persistent prayers, year after year, and how it would change the world forever.
  • Her tears, her pain, and her prayers gave us the prophet Samuel, who would anoint King Saul and later, King David, whose lineage leads all the way to Jesus.
  • As the saying goes, the rest is history: undeniable, fascinating, chain-breaking, death-defeating, life-giving history.
  • Wow. It takes my breath away to think of the world-changing events recorded in the Bible after this brief mention of a woman named Hannah, her faith and one who never gave up on praying to the Lord.

He already knows…

Yes, He knows, but there are times God is moved to action only by our prayers.

Yes, He knows, but we don’t always get to see how it all plays out and we have to be okay with that. We have to accept that faith…is just that, faith.

God already knows why you are walking on the unique path that led you here.

Many books, devotions and commentaries have been written about how to cope and understand the unexpected.

However, I heard a song by JJ Heller that was perfect timing for this topic.

May it be a soothing balm for any other struggling hearts today.


Everything around me seems uncertain
My weary heart can’t take much more surprise
I wish there was a point on the horizon
Something I could see with my own eyes

I need to tell you that I’m scared

I feel completely unprepared

And nothing’s what it was two weeks ago

But you already know
You already know
Everything I’m scared of
Everything I hope
You hold my tomorrow
And all tomorrow holds
You already know

I can’t seem to find the easy answers
Someday I hope the suffering makes sense
I just need to know that you are with me
Even if you keep me in suspense

We talk so much these days
Because I have so much to say
You stay and listen to me closely even though

You already know
You already know
Everything I’m scared of
Everything I hope
You hold my tomorrow
And all tomorrow holds
You already know

Whatever I’m feeling
Whatever is coming
Whenever the ending
You’re already there
You go before me
You go behind me
Wherever I’m going
You’re already there

But you already know
You already know
Everything I’m scared of
Everything I hope
You hold my tomorrow
And all tomorrow holds

You already know
You already know

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Songwriters: David Heller

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Dig Deeper in God’s Word:

Hebrews 11Christian Standard Bible

Living by Faith

11 Now faith is the reality[a] of what is hoped for, the proof[b] of what is not seen.(A)For by this our ancestors were approved.

By faith we understand that the universe was[c] created by the word of God,(B) so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.[d]

By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain did. By faith he was approved as a righteous man, because God approved his gifts, and even though he is dead, he still speaks through his faith.(C)

By faith Enoch was taken away, and so he did not experience death. He was not to be found because God took him away.[e] For before he was taken away, he was approved as one who pleased God.(D) Now without faith it is impossible to please God, since the one who draws near to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

By faith Noah, after he was warned about what was not yet seen and motivated by godly fear, built an ark to deliver his family. By faith he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.(E)

By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed and set out for a place that he was going to receive as an inheritance. He went out, even though he did not know where he was going.(F) By faith he stayed as a foreigner in the land of promise, living in tents as did Isaac and Jacob, coheirs of the same promise.(G) 10 For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.(H)

11 By faith even Sarah herself, when she was unable to have children, received power to conceive offspring, even though she was past the age, since she[f] considered that the one who had promised was faithful.(I)12 Therefore, from one man—in fact, from one as good as dead—came offspring as numerous as the stars of the sky and as innumerable as the grains of sand along the seashore.(J)

13 These all died in faith, although they had not received the things that were promised. But they saw them from a distance,(K)greeted them, and confessed that they were foreigners and temporary residents on the earth.(L) 14 Now those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 15 If they were thinking about where they came from, they would have had an opportunity to return. 16 But they now desire a better place—a heavenly one. Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.(M)

17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac.(N) He received the promises and yet he was offering his one and only son, 18 the one to whom it had been said, Your offspring[g] will be traced through Isaac.[h](O) 19 He considered God to be able even to raise someone from the dead;(P) therefore, he received him back, figuratively speaking.[i]

20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau(Q)concerning things to come. 21 By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and he worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff.[j](R) 22 By faith Joseph, as he was nearing the end of his life, mentioned[k] the exodus of the Israelites and gave instructions concerning his bones.(S)

23 By faith Moses, after he was born, was hidden by his parents for three months, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they didn’t fear the king’s edict.(T) 24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter 25 and chose to suffer with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasure of sin.(U) 26 For he considered reproach for the sake of Christ to be greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, since he was looking ahead to the reward.(V)

27 By faith he left Egypt behind, not being afraid of the king’s anger, for Moses persevered as one who sees him who is invisible.(W) 28 By faith he instituted the Passover and the sprinkling of the blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn might not touch the Israelites. 29 By faith they crossed the Red Sea as though they were on dry land. When the Egyptians attempted to do this, they were drowned.(X)

30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after being marched around by the Israelites for seven days. 31 By faith Rahab the prostitute welcomed the spies in peace and didn’t perish with those who disobeyed.(Y)

32 And what more can I say? Time is too short for me to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah,(Z) David, Samuel, and the prophets,(AA) 33 who by faith conquered kingdoms,(AB) administered justice, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions,(AC) 34 quenched the raging of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, gained strength in weakness, became mighty in battle, and put foreign armies to flight.(AD)35 Women received their dead, raised to life again. Other people were tortured, not accepting release, so that they might gain a better resurrection. 36 Others experienced mockings and scourgings, as well as bonds and imprisonment.(AE) 37 They were stoned,[l](AF) they were sawed in two, they died by the sword, they wandered about in sheepskins, in goatskins,(AG) destitute, afflicted, and mistreated. 38 The world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and on mountains, hiding in caves and holes in the ground.

39 All these were approved through their faith, but they did not receive what was promised, 40 since God had provided something better for us, so that they would not be made perfect without us.(AH)

Even though your situation may not bring about a spiritual awakening for the multitudes like what God knew Jesus would accomplish…would you be willing to walk down a similar road of suffering and sacrifice for the salvation of one?

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