“O Lord, you examine me and know ….” Psalm 139:1 (NET)
Have you ever worked with a personal trainer? Someone who helps you customize your workouts to your specific lifestyle, tendencies and goal? If you get a good personal trainer and follow the program, you can see great results.
A good personal trainer will study you. They will learn your workout history, and they will learn about your injury history. They will study how your body adapts to training. They will discover how easily you build muscle, burn fat, grow in endurance, etc. They will see where your muscles are tight and where they are loose. They will help you discover where you are imbalanced and what needs to be corrected. They will also reveal your strengths and show you how to capitalize on those in beneficial and limiting ways. A good personal trainer get to know the uniqueness of you so that he/she can help you get closer to your goals.
Said differently, a good personal trainer knows your story.
I have heard it said that, in Eastern thought, it is easier to experience God as an all-forgiving God. You see, in the West, we tend to feel condemnation when we think of God as an all-knowing God. If God is omniscient, to us in the West, that means He knows all of my flaws, faults and mistakes. And that is true. But to a more Eastern-mindset, the fact that God is omniscient means that He knows my story. It means He understands me. The fact that He is all knowing means, in fact, that He knows all about me. He knows why I struggle with the things I struggle with. He understands what brought me to that place. He sees it all. He knows why certain things hurt me the way that they do, because He saw it all. He walked through it with me. He already knows my underbelly, and He loves me anyway. He always has.
The truth is that because He is omniscient — because He knows everything about me and my story — He can sympathize and understand and love me no matter what. It is because He knows your story, because He understands you in detail, that He pursues you relentlessly and knows precisely how to restore and renew you.
The best personal trainer? Jesus. Simply Jesus. Omniscient, omnipotent Jesus.