Do you know the balancings of the clouds,
the wondrous works of him who is perfect in knowledge – Job 37:16
By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him;20 for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. – 1 John 3:19-20
For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. – 1 Corinthians 2:11
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. – Hebrews 4:13
Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. – Matthew 6:8
But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. – Matthew 10:30
O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
3 You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
4 Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. – Psalm 139:1-4
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them. – Psalm 139:16
God knows everything there is to know about you, your secrets, your past and even your future and he loves you with his steadfast love. I don’t know what could do my mental health more good than to know that someone loves me and knows me, including all of my shortcomings. Some have referred to this as love, acceptance, and forgiveness.
But how much does God really know?
He knows it all.
I like the definition of God’s knowledge in Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology: an introduction to Christian Doctrine. “God fully knows himself and all things actual and possible in one simple and eternal act.” This gets a bit heady. One simple act means “not divided into parts.” In other words, God knows it all at the same time, he doesn’t need to stop and think about it or recall it. He simply knows it.
I find the realization of this is both frightening and reassuring at the same time. It is frightening in that God knows every fault I have and every sin I have or ever will commit. I can’t hide a thing from God. The reassuring part is the fact that in spite of his perfect knowledge of me, my faults and my sins, he loves me completely and is 100% on my side. I like having that kind of God in my corner.
As I stumble forward in life, making a mess here and there, I am comforted by my Father’s love. Yes, he sometimes disciplines me. And, if I need severe discipline, I will get it. But, it is always done with perfect love in which I can rest in comfort that his discipline is for my benefit to help conform my life to the image of Jesus. It’s not punishment for my crimes with a threat of eternal judgment.
Those who reject the good news do need to fear eternal judgment, but not those who have placed their faith in Christ.
Are you in a safe place with God? If not, drop me a private message and we can talk about how you can get to that safe place with God.
“Aslan is a lion- the Lion, the great Lion.” “Ooh” said Susan. “I’d thought he was a man. Is he – quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion”…”Safe?” said Mr. Beaver …”Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.” ― C.S. Lewis,