March 10, 2023

God’s Knowledge of You

By Skip Heitzig

Most people have a fear of being exposed for something, and only they know what that something is. In this electronic age, there's bugging devices and cameras and tracers everywhere, even on our phones. We have no privacy, and that can be unsettling.

King David had to come to grips personally with the truth that God knew absolutely everything about him. In fact, He's gazed and studied our lives so intimately and knows what we're going to think and how we'll feel even before we do. As the book of Hebrews says, "There is no creature hidden from his sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account" (4:13).

Imagine somebody who knows everything about you, what you think, and what you feel. And knowing all that, that somebody loves you anyway. That's exactly how it is with God.

In Psalm 139, David mused on the God he had a relationship with and expressed what he thought about Him. This psalm is a worship song brimming with God's attributes, including the fact that He has all knowledge.

"O LORD, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off" (vv. 1-2). This was not just an academic or philosophical exercise. He was saying God's knowledge is individual and personal. He knows the most mundane actions of our lives, as well as the deepest and most profound things.

And what's more, God is interested. He doesn't just know—He cares. "How precious also are your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand" (vv. 17-18; see also 1 Peter 5:7).

There are 7.9 billion people on the earth, and God is intimately acquainted with each one. So, to put it mildly, you can't pull the wool over God's eyes. That's why it's always good to be honest with God because He knows the truth anyway.

Far from being unsettled or intimidated, David said, "Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting" (vv. 23-24).

In human relationships, we fear rejection, that once another person discovers who we really are, they'll reject us. So unfortunately, people resort to hiding and putting on a façade. But rather than hiding from the Lord or putting up a front, the best thing to do is surrender yourself to Him. Ask Him to search you, know you, and lead you.

God knows everything. He already knows the worst about you—and the best. More than that, He knows your potential. He sees the finished product, because "we are His workmanship" (Ephesians 2:10). God is working on you and already has the end product formulated.

Romans 8:28-29 says that "all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose" and that "He also predestined [us] to be conformed to the image of His Son." God knows what it's going to take to make you look more and more like Jesus. That's God's foreknowledge at work along with His power.

So God already sees your perfection in glory. He's working on your life. He knows what you need. So, like David, ask Him to lead you in the way everlasting.

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