HE HEARS, HE SEES, HE KNOWS
The apostles of Jesus were human, and had their faults and struggles much like we do today. They frequently argued among themselves as to which of them would have the higher rank in the Lord’s kingdom (Mark 9:33-34). It seems, at times, they didn’t think Jesus was aware of their “discussions” about this matter. He was.
Do we convince ourselves that the Lord isn’t mindful of some of the petty matters in which engage? Like brothers and sisters who fight or argue thinking that their parents aren’t aware. But, like parents who seem to have eyes in the backs of their heads and super-sharp hearing, the Lord is all-knowing and all-seeing. And no creature is hidden from His sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account (Heb. 4:13).
We often use the quote, “You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time” and incorrectly attribute it to Abraham Lincoln. I think it is a correct proverb that is helpful for folks to remember. Yet even more important is that we can never fool God – ever!
Our motives and purpose may at times seem to be noble. We are even able to rationalize in our own mind that the ends justifies the means and convince ourselves that something we’ve said or done was o.k. in the circumstance in which it was done. But no amount of excusing ourselves will change God’s word. And it is our accountability in obeying or disobeying His word to which we be held.
“Don’t look! Cover your eyes! Turn your head!” are things we may say to others to keep them from seeing or knowing things that we are doing. Such feeble ploys will not succeed in keeping God from knowing. For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Heb. 4:12). God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus (Rom. 2:16).
We must not attempt to hide our sin from God. Your sin will find you out (Num. 32:23). Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy (Prov. 28:13).
God knows. We cannot hide anything from Him. “And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God” (John 3:19-21).
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:8-9).