It’s such a valid question.
If God already knows everything, then what does it mean that he wants to know us? Doesn’t he already know us?
This actually has more to do with us — with the experience of being known that we receive by opening ourselves to him.
Here’s an example.
Let’s say you are a thirteen-year-old girl trying out for a theatre production. You’ve practiced and practiced your audition for weeks, and the part is hard. You have to sing and put a little personality and even choreography — if you’re brave enough — into your performance of it. The scripted lines require you to take some bold steps out of your usual reserved self and to be a bit brash, even a bit comedic.
The day of the audition comes, and you nail it. You give the best audition you could possibly give.
Your mom was in the audience while you gave the audition. She saw how well you did. She knows how hard you worked. She’s been with you through every practice and every fear. She’s been with you on this whole long journey to the stage that you’ve taken all these years.
She knows what this audition meant to you.
But afterward, in the car, she wants to hear all of it again. She gladly lets you bubble over and replay every single moment out loud — several times, if you want to. She nods and smiles right along with you through every play by play. She celebrates. She joins in.
In this moment with your mom, you feel deeply known and know that you really are.
That’s how it is with Jesus.
He may already know everything about you. He may already know the highest heights and lowest lows of your life. He may know the mundane details of your daily life and the struggles and questions you are holding right now. He may know all of it.
But his knowing it already isn’t the main thing.
The main thing is his sharing in it with you.
His great joy is the conversations he shares with you about every single bit of it and the being in it with you.
That’s your great joy too: Being known. Being loved. Being celebrated and enjoyed and comforted and held. Being given every single thing you need.
This is Jesus knowing you. This is what he wants.