Become Familiar, Become Family

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Everyone knows what it feels like to be unknown; to be the new guy or gal… on the playground, in class, at work, in the neighborhood, at church, on the team… at some point or another in life, we’ve all experienced it. Aren’t we all glad that feeling, that experience is never lasting?! Eventually (hopefully or ideally) we acclimate, we make friends, we become known and we know others. There is something to be said about the familiar. It’s wonderful to feel like you “belong”. 

Ecclesiastes 3:11 tells us God has set eternity in our hearts, so that feeling like there is more to this world has been set inside us by our Creator! Acts 17:26-27 tells us God has placed us specifically within our individual time and space in history on purpose; God did this so that we would seek him and perhaps reach out to Him! He isn’t hiding from any of us but rather longs to be known intimately by each one of us! You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13 (NIV) In fact God says He rewards those who earnestly seek Him (Hebrews 11:6)!

Without exception God shows no favoritism and longs for each one of His created image bearers to know Him as their personal Savior. Remember the Egyptians in Exodus that had enslaved God’s Hebrew children and were treating them with horrific brutality?! Well, God’s grace knows no bounds and a search of the Scriptures reveals God’s diligent, most earnest pursuit of the Egyptians’ hearts. Praise God that even at our worst He pursues our hearts not wanting anyone to perish (2 Peter 3:9)! 

Exodus 5:2 reveals Pharoah declaring he has no idea who God is. This declaration is followed by extremely radical displays by God to reveal Himself to the Egyptians. Each revelation of Himself is followed by the explanation that the reason was so that they would know Him! See, Exodus 7:17; 8:10; 8:21-22; 9:14; 9:27-29; 10:2; and 11:7! Seven times God responds to Pharoah’s “I don’t know you” with radical revelations of Himself so the Egyptians “will know Him”! Seven is the number of perfect completion. God had perfectly and completely without a shadow of a doubt revealed Himself to Pharaoh and if you know the story, Pharoah chooses to harden his heart toward God; so God eventually honors Pharoah’s choice… all the way to the bottom of the Red Sea. 

Dear one, do you know your Savior, Jesus Christ? If not, you have not come to this page by accident but rather that is your Creator pursuing your heart even now! Believe and receive… For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation. 2 Corinthians 6:2 (NIV)

 …“Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts… Hebrews 3:15 (NIV) 

No matter who you are, where you’ve been, what you’ve done… you are loved and wanted in God’s family. You are known by Him; is He known by you? Find more information at 

Published by Janette

Janette enjoys sharing the passion Jesus ignites in her heart for Him. She is a teacher by degree and enjoys the beautiful outdoors of Colorado where she resides with her family of 8. Janette and her husband have been married since 2003 and if you’ve seen the movie “Cheaper By The Dozen” that’s their life although they title it “Cheaper By The Half-Dozen”! Raising their six children just 8 years apart lends itself to adventurous ways daily in which to see Jesus in the big the small the messy and the beautiful. ...His word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot. Jeremiah 20:9

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