The God who sees everything
“Even the depths of death and destruction are known by the Lord. How much more does He know the human heart!”
Sometimes we forget that God sees and knows everything. What if God were blind and could not see what we do or know what we think? Would our conduct be different? Would we be more careless in how we live? Often what we believe about God has little practical effect on us. Many people forget God and live as if there were no God. We forget that He is always watching us and listening to us, that He remembers everything we do.
The first part of the verse reminds us that death and destruction are in full view of the Lord. Although death is mysterious to us, God knows all about it. If God knows the depths of death and destruction, surely He sees our hearts and knows all about us. We are here today and gone tomorrow (Psalm 90).
How does God know the heart? To what extent does He understand and know our heart? The Bible teaches that God knows the heart so well that He is said to “search” it. “Am I a God who is only in one place?” asks the Lord. “Do they think I cannot see what they are doing? Can anyone hide from me? Am I not everywhere in all the heavens and the earth?” asks the Lord (Jeremiah 23:23-24).
God examines the deepest thoughts of hearts and minds (Jeremiah 11:20). We cannot deceive Him. He knows how much hypocrisy is in our hearts and how much truth there is. “Fire tests the purity of silver and gold, but the Lord tests the heart.” (Proverbs 17:3) In Revelation 2:23 Jesus tells the church, “I am the one who searches out the thoughts and intentions of every person. And I will give to each of you whatever you deserve.”
God does not judge by outward appearances. He weighs our hearts and knows them (Proverbs 24:12). He knows whether we have grace in our hearts or if we are just pretending. He will judge all people according to what they have done. God said that His people in Jeremiah’s day were full of slander and pride. There was no purity in them so God rejected them (Jeremiah 6:27-30). People judge by outward appearances, but the Lord looks at a person’s heart (1 Samuel 16:7).
What is it that God sees in our hearts? God sees everything. He sees the lust and adultery, the hatred and unkindness. “The human heart is most deceitful and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? But I know! I, the Lord, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards” (Jeremiah 17:9-10). We have never committed murder, but we have had murder in our hearts. We imagine evil things. God sees the heart with all its sin and rebellion. God knows everything about it.
The Samaritan woman in John 4 who met Jesus, went back to the village and told everyone, “Come and meet a man who told me everything I ever did! Can this be the Messiah?” (John 4:28-29). We may try to hide our sins from God, but He knows everything about us. The Word of God cuts deep into our innermost thoughts and desires. It exposes us for what we really are. Nothing in all creation can hide from God. Everything is naked and exposed before His eyes. This is the God to whom we must explain all that we have done (Hebrews 4:12-13). On that final day, He shall
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