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Piece of Clay - Job 33:6
What would you do if God was not all knowing? Read that question once more, slowly. What would you do if God would never find out? Now that is a thought, right? Of course, your first thought is that you would do exactly what you were supposed to do and behave yourself because you are a good person. We both know what would happen. Our lives would look like a junior high classroom when the substitute teacher steps out of the room for five minutes. If we thought for one second we could escape God’s gaze, we would rush to chaos.
We know the Biblical truth that God does know all and sees all. The ten-dollar word for this is omniscience. God is omniscient and that means He knows all that can be known. God is the teacher that never, ever leaves the room. John 12 tells of Jesus restoring Peter after his great failure and within those questions of “Peter, do you love me?” Peter finally responds in verse 12 by admitting, “Lord, You know all things.” Again, Jesus knows all about us: the good, the bad and the ugly.
So, we need to just set our minds on the fact that everything about us is known to God. So, now answer the question asked above: what would you do if you knew that you could get away with it? Honesty dictates that we must admit that we would probably sin. Like a moth drawn to a candle light, that’s us.
Now here is the kicker: God knows that truth about us as well and He stands ready to love us regardless. How much mercy does it take to be an all-knowing being and love those who would run to rebellion as soon as your back is turned? How much grace would it take to welcome back those whose hearts would turn in an instant if given the chance? That is the God we have. He is all-loving. He is all-caring. He is all-mercy. He is all-grace. God being all-knowing can be scary to anyone who does not know Him as loving Father. To that person God is nothing more than a list making Santa looking for bad deeds to report. But to us, as believers, it is an overwhelming thought to know that He knows us better than we know ourselves and yet accepts us anyway.
Rest in that.