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When my son Jeremy was eleven, I took him archery hunting. I called in a monster bull elk, and it stopped only twenty yards from him. “Dad,” my little hunter told me later, “I was scared! I was hiding in one of those little fir trees. I could almost feel his breath, but he didn’t see me.” 

In today’s reading, a man named Nathanael was snuggled under a fig tree when his friend Phillip came to take him to meet Jesus. Meeting Nathaniel, Jesus promptly declared things about this stranger that sounded like He had known him all his life. 

“How do you know me?’ Nathanael asked. Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you” (John 1:48). 

Long before Google Earth could have helped Him zoom in on a fig tree in Israel, the Spirit revealed to Jesus not only Nathanael’s location but also his inner condition, indeed his very character. 

Jesus Christ knows us because He made us.

Life Question: Is there anything inside of you that you are trying to hide from God?