Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.–Hebrews 4:13
God knows everything.
Is that a comforting thought or a scary thought to you today?
God knows everything that is going on in your body, in your mind, in your life. God knows all your struggles. God knows all your joys. God knows what is going to happen to you today, and how you will react to everything that happens to you today. God even knows what you are going to say before you say it.
God knows everything. Is that a comforting thought or a scary thought to you today? (And by the way, God knew what answer you’d give to this question before you even started reading this devotion.)
I hope your answer is: “The fact that God knows everything is a comforting thought to me today.” But I can imagine you might have reason to say the opposite, too. See, God also know every sin you’ve committed today. He knows every sin you will commit today. He knows even those sinful thoughts that spring up so quickly and that you think can hide in your mind. That’s kind of scary, isn’t it? That God, who has all the power to judge and condemn you, is intimately aware of all the just reasons he could judge and condemn you. He knows just how you have slighted him and failed to love others.
God knows everything. That can be a very scary thought.
But God knows everything. It is also very good news, this fact that God knows all your sins and struggles. Consider the alternative. What if God didn’t know all your sins? What if he didn’t see one of your sins? What if, when Jesus Christ died on the cross because of your sins and for the sake of forgiving you of your sins, he missed one! What if Jesus unknowingly failed to forgive even one of your sins? In the same way that it only takes one committed sin to bring condemnation, it would only take one unforgiven sin to bring condemnation, too!
But God knows everything. So we are assured that, even if it’s a bit scary to recognize just how much of our sin God is intimately aware of, it is also very comforting. For because God knows everything, we are absolutely assured that when Jesus died for our sins, he died for all our sins–“The blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all (or, “every”) sin.” And so we’re happy for him to know everything–even all our sins–because then we also know that he hasn’t missed forgiving any of our sins. And we can feel confident bringing our sins–even those “secret” ones–to him, because he already knows them and in Jesus brings forgiveness for them. And in the forgiveness of sins, we have peace with God.
God knows everything. That’s a comforting thought!
“Comfort, comfort all my people; Speak of peace,” so says our God. “Comfort those who sit in darkness, Groaning from their sorrows’ load. Speak to all Jerusalem of the peace that waits for them; Tell them that their sins I cover. That their warfare know is over.” (CW 11)