When I was a little girl my father always seemed to know what I was thinking. He would often say, “You can’t fool me. I know you better than you know yourself”. I found that statement quite puzzling. I would say to my self, “How could you possibly know me better than I know myself”.
When I became a parent I found myself saying the same thing to my kids. I came to understand exactly what my dad meant. Because he loved me and had observed me and my propensities since my first breath, he could with great accuracy often (not always) tell what I was thinking or doing and why.
The good and comforting thing concerning the omniscience (all-knowing) of God is that He always knows and understands with complete objectivity our every thought and the motivations of our hearts far better than we ever could. When we are misunderstood by others it soothes us to know that He understands us as no one else possibly can.
And the scary/awesome thing concerning the omniscience of God is that He always knows and understands with complete objectivity our every thought and the motivations of our hearts far better than we ever could. He can not be fooled by our excuses, reasoning’s or rationalizations when our thoughts and actions are less than stellar.
God is omnipresent (everywhere at all times in time and space) and in Him we all “live and move and have our being” (Acts 7-17:28). Literally, as we exist and move through space, we constantly pass through the very essence of God. His presence is inescapable. Consider the fact that there is no motive, no thought, no action that can be withheld from Him. The dark is like midday to Him.
God says of man “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings” (Jeremiah 17:9, 10). And this He will do. So it is in our best interest to be as honest and sincere with ourselves as possible, which is not always easy.
The Apostle Paul encapsulates this thought in his writings to the Galatians chapter 6:7 when he exhorts, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap”. This truth is often referred to as “Karma”, “Just deserts” and “What goes around comes around”.
The next time you say to yourself “The Lord knows my heart”, dig deep and examine your thoughts and actions as sincerely as possible, asking the Lord for His help. It is better to purify our own hearts with His guidance than to leave the house cleaning to Him, which often comes with trials and troubles. Consider in this regard Cain, King Saul, David, King Uzziah and others.
That is not to say that all troubles are the direct result of some dastardly personal deed such as hate, lust, greed, vengeance, selfish ambition, etc. They are not. “Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble” (Job 14:1). But if it is, in your commune with God, He will reveal it. Humbly ask for forgiveness and mercy as you change your ways. Truer words were never spoken, “The Lord knows my heart”. Believe it!
Some people can be fooled all the time
All people can be fooled some time
We fool ourselves at times
We NEVER fool God
By Z Hunt
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