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Guest Blogger: Jim Quigley (July 17, 2012)

July 17, 2012 by Jim Quigley 0 comments

During our July and August Sunday morning worship gatherings, I will be preaching through selected Psalms, using that section of the Bible in order to help us connect in deeper ways to God. During that time, I will be using the NewLife blog as a platform for the people of our church the opportunity to share about particular songs that help them connect to God.

And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” (Mark 1:11)

Music certainly does have a unique way of connecting us to God. And while several songs have been important and impactful to me at different times in my life, the song “I Knew What I was Getting Into” by Misty Edwards has been very meaningful to me as of late. It is a song sung from God’s perspective, a Father speaking to His child.

I have provided the lyrics below, and then I wrote my thoughts and reactions to the song.

I knew what I was getting into when I called you.
I knew what I was getting into when I said your name, but I said it just the same.
I knew what I was getting into and I still want you.
I knew what I was getting into.

I knew what I was getting into and I still chose you.
I knew what I was getting into and I still want you.
I knew what I was getting into and I still said your name; I said it just the same.
I knew what I was getting into.

And I am not shocked by your weakness.
And I am not shocked even by your sin.
And I am not shocked by your brokenness.

I knew what I was getting into and I still want you.
I knew what I was getting into and I still like you.
I knew what I was getting into and I still chose you.

‘Cause only I can see the end from the beginning.
And only I can see where this is going.
And only I can see the end from the beginning.
And I see in you the seeds of love.
And I see in you strength when all you see is your failure and all you feel is shame.
I can see deeper than that.
I know you better than, better than that.

I knew what I was getting into when I called you.
I knew what I was getting into when I said your name. I said it just the same.
I knew what getting into and I still want you.
I knew what I was getting into and I still like you.

You’re only at the beginning. You’ve only just begun.
And I know where you are going.
And all you can see is the moment that you’re hurting.
And all you can see is the moment that you’re aching.

But listen:

I knew what I was getting into when I called you.
I knew what I was getting into and I still want you.
I knew what I was getting into and I still like you.
I knew what I was getting into when I called you.

Just don’t give up. And don’t give in.
If you don’t quit, you win, you win.
Just don’t give up. And don’t give in.
If you don’t quit, you win, you win.

Everything is in my hands. It’s going to be alright.
Everything is in my hands. It’s going to be alright.
It’s going to be okay.
Everything is in my hands. It’s going to be alright.
It’s going to be Okay.

And you don’t have to pretend to be something or someone that you’re not.
‘Cause I know you better than that, even better, even better than that.
Listen my Beloved.

I knew what I was getting into when I called you.
I knew what I was getting into when I said your name. I said it just the same.
I knew what I was getting into and I still like you.
I knew what I was getting into and I still chose you.

So here is how this song has blessed me in my walk with the Lord and has drawn me closer to Him.

1) God knew EXACTLY what He was getting into when He called me and saved me. He knew the sinner that I am and all of my numerous character flaws and defects. Yet despite all of that, He still chose me. He still loved me. He still saved me. He knew the person that I was (and am) and still chose to love me anyway. Praise God for His love!

2) I love the reminder that God is not shocked by my flaws and failures. God is not up in Heaven saying, “Wow, I did NOT see THAT sin coming. Geez!” Our omniscient Lord knows all things and knows our brokenness, our sin, and our weaknesses well before we do. But He loves us anyway. The amazing gift of grace given through the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus on the cross is enough for us to overcome our weakness, our brokenness, and our sin. I need to remind myself often of His grace and how He loves me even in my weakness, brokenness, and sin. Praise God for His grace and faithfulness!

3) I really like the line “And I see in you strength when all you see is your failure and all you feel is shame” because I can often fall into the trap of ONLY looking at my failures and weaknesses. But God looks deeper than that and knows the man in Christ that I am and can be. He sees the strength that I can have in Jesus. When God looks are me, He sees more than just my failures and shame, He sees that I am His son. That I am His beloved child whom He loves and with He is well pleased. I often need to remind myself of this amazing truth so that I don’t fall into the trap of finding my identity in my performance. Praise God that my identity is in Christ and that I am a beloved child of the King of Kings!

4) Dry times can be very difficult to get through. And so often in those desert times I can get so caught up in the moment of “despair” and complain to God. In those moments when I am hurting or those moments that I am aching and yearning for His presence, I sometimes doubt God and question why He is doing this to me. Oh me of little faith! This song serves as a reminder to me that God IS good…all the time. “That in all things God works for the good of those who love him” (Romans 8:28). It serves as a reminder of all the ways that He has provided for me. Of all the ways He has blessed me. And so why should I doubt that He will come through again? He is the One that knows the end form the beginning. I am the one that can only see the moment. And so instead of doubting God due to my “momentary” hurts, I want to trust in God who loves me, cares for m, is good to me, and has my best intentions in mind. Praise God for His provision for us!

5) One of my biggest fears is of the unknown. I don’t like not knowing what will happen and not knowing whether I will have a say in the future outcome or not. And so, unsurprisingly, there have been times in which I have gotten a lot of anxiety from not understanding what God is doing and what the future outcome will be. I have had a lot of anxiety of not being sure whether what I am doing is what God intends for me (i.e. engineering or seminary). And that’s why the lines that say “Everything is in my hands. It’s going to be alright” have such an impact on me. I picture my Father in Heaven, Abba, Daddy, putting His hands on my shoulders and gently telling me in my anxiety and stress, “Jimmy, everything is going to be alright. I have got everything under control. You don’t have to worry, my child. It’s in my hands, not yours. I love you and I know what is best for you. So please, my son, find rest from your stress and anxiety and trust in Me and my goodness and love for you.” There is a great weight that is lifted from my shoulders when I can trust God with my future and know that everything is in His hands. Praise God that we can be free from anxiety when we trust in Him for our future, knowing that He is a good Abba, Father that provides for His children and knows what is best for them!

6) Lastly, I do not have to pretend to be someone that I am not to God or to anyone else for that matter. As Max Lucado put it, “God loves you just as you are, but loves you too much to let you stay the way you are.” So there is no need for posing or pretending to be someone or something that I am not because God sees right through that. Instead, I am to be honest and open with God and trust that He loves me for who I am. Praise God for His great and unfailing love for us!

This song has been a huge blessing to me and has helped me deepen my relationship with God. I can connect with God on a deeper level when I really sit down and listen to this song. I pray that God may speak intimately to you through this song as well! Praise and glory be to our great King!

 

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