Like Pilgrim in John Bunyan's classic, at various times in my life I have wandered off the path. But it would be dishonest if I didn't say I have known God for a long time. What is amazing is that God has known you and me far longer.
"According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love..."
God chose us before the foundation of the world! Think about that and let it soak in. He didn't just know our names, or in some general vague sort of way. He knew us completely. Better than we know ourselves.
But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
I jest when I say that numbering the hairs on my head must keep Him busy because I seem to lose more every day. But the truth is I am amazed and comforted by His intimate knowledge.
Does God know your troubles, or mine? Does He ever scratch His head and wonder how we got into such a fix? No. God saw your cancer, financial situation, marital problem, or whatever before you ever drew your first breath.
There's a lot of things I don't know and can't explain. One thing I do know, is that God is in control. Always. No matter what happens, His plans for you won't be thwarted by whatever happens. God isn't thrown by satan, the antichrist, comets, meteors, tribulation, the lousy economy, the timing of the rapture, or the even the politicians in Washington.
As it is, I find myself worrying about lots of things I shouldn't. From time to time I just have to remind myself to trust God completely. When I am troubled, it's good to know that He isn't.
Someday, maybe very soon, we will all know the difficult stuff and see how everything fit into His plan... and then we will truly and finally be at peace.