Doesn't it make you happy and comforting to know that God sees, hears and knows all? That absolutely nothing remains hidden from him? That God is not deaf or blind, cannot be bribed, cannot be manipulated, and cannot be deceived? Now, only when we fully grasp and understand this fact will we be able to rest in peace or stand still and allow God to have His will in the affairs of our lives and the world.
God does not act like man. His thoughts and ways surpass those of man. They are much higher. He allows things to happen for a specific time and for a specific purpose. He always knows what he is doing. God knows all things, past, present and future, real and potential, and He knows them all simultaneously. Not only does he know what was and what is, he also knows what will be. More than that, he knows everything that could be but is not.
God does things to teach us lessons. He allows things to happen to demonstrate who he is and to show us who people really are. If God doesn't do that, we won't believe or learn. He knows that sometimes we need to feel in order to learn, and in order to believe we need to see for ourselves. You see, people are like books. We have to look into them to know what is really there. It's important that we try to really get to know other people, because that's what God does. The Bible says that God searches the hearts of men (Romans 8:27). This means that God looks deep inside people instead of judging us by how we look on the surface. God knows our every thought. God knows us as we really are, not just as we appear to be. The scriptures teach us this over and over again.
God knows us inside and out. That's a thought that can be a bit scary or comforting, depending on our perspective. He has access to every thought, every action and every mistake in our lives. God sees everything there is to know about us, even what we think and our motives. God knows our habits, our strengths, our weaknesses. He knows our words before they roll off our tongues. He knows our whole business.
In Matthew 10:30 Jesus said the hairs on our heads are counted. That's great. God is omniscient, he knows everything about us, everything we do and everything we think. He knows what is going on in private and in public. He knows more about us than we want him to know. To be honest! We just can't hide anything from him. Nothing blocks his sight. The night won't help and hiding won't help. We cannot escape from him. This should be a sobering thought for us, and one we would do well to always remember.
He knows our prayers before we pray (Matthew 6:8). He knows when we get up in the morning and when we go to bed at night (Psalm 139:2-3). He knows everything we will do tomorrow, next week, next month, next year, and every moment of life until we die (Psalm 139:16). He records every word we say and will one day hold us accountable for every careless, thoughtless, unkind comment (Matthew 12:36). “The Lord searches every heart and understands every motive behind thoughts” (1 Chronicles 28:9). “The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, watching over the wicked and the good” (Proverbs 15:3). He sees what lies behind and ahead of him, all threats, all dangers.
"God will bring every work to judgment, even everything that is hidden, whether good or evil" (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14). 1 Corinthians 4:5 also admonishes us, “Therefore judge nothing before the time comes, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and reveal the counsels of the heart.” These things should bring comfort to our hearts . All of these truths should encourage us to stop the next time we are tempted to think that no one can hear what we are saying or know what we are thinking or doing or have done. Before we speak, we should take time to think. Before we think, we should take time to remember that God sees, hears, and knows all things, and this should affect all of our actions and the way we treat others.
As we journey through life, we must remember that every situation we face has a purpose. He declares, "My counsel will stand, and I will fulfill all my designs" (Isaiah 46:10). So it is true, if God really knows all things and if He determines all things, then everything that happens to us must be part of His plan. F. B. Meyer wrote: "In the degree that we see God's will in the various events of life, and either surrender ourselves to it or do it, we shall find that the bitter circumstances of the earth become sweet and its hard things become easy." God holds us in the palm of his hand and he directs every situation we face to its own end and to his glory. We must base our faith on the fact of God's sovereignty over the details of our lives. He knows what he's doing and he does it.
God works in, with, through, and sometimes despite our choices to accomplish His will for our lives. He controls the circumstances, the environment, as well as the thoughts of our hearts. Everything that happens to us is part of His plan for our lives. With God there are no accidents or mistakes. His “divine will” will always be done. Always remember the story of Joseph. His brothers did everything they could in hopes of destroying him. They didn't know or realize that even then God was at work to accomplish His purpose, to accomplish His plan. So Joseph could say, "You meant evil, but God meant good" (Genesis 50:20, KJV). When they crucified Jesus and laid a huge stone to seal the tomb, that was not the end of his story—the Day of Resurrection was at hand. All glory and praise be to God! Even the evil that humans do serves God's purposes, often in ways we cannot see and would not understand even if God told us.
So when people plot and plan all kinds of evils against you hoping to delay your progress or destroy you, stop worrying about it. Comfort yourself, God sees, hears and knows everything. He knows your enemies and the trials they will throw in your way. Above all, he knows his plans for you. He knows the way He will lead you and how He will overcome all these trials for your good and His glory. It could just be God's way of setting you up. He uses them to bring about or fulfill His purpose for your life.
Read Joseph's story. Being thrown into the pit wasn't the end of his story. It was only the beginning of his story. Just read the end of it and you will see. When Pharaoh caused great trouble for the children of Israel after God instructed Moses to tell Pharaoh to let them go, that wasn't the end of the story—it was just the beginning. It was God who hardened Pharaoh's heart. It was part of his plan. God knew what he was doing and he knows what he is doing now. His ways are mysterious, my friends. Our little minds just can't fathom how it works. God works through both the good that people do and the evil they do. Usually, however, evil stretches the mind and challenges the heart. But both sides are true, and both must be believed if we are to truly think biblically.
God knows everything we do. He is constantly looking down and seeing what we are doing, and He is constantly keeping a record of even the innermost secrets of our hearts. So we have to be aware of that. Right now the country seems to be in turmoil, but God is still in control. He usually provides a way through the opposition and the troubles. We must remember that nothing surprises God. He foresees everything that will happen. He knew long before it happened it would be like this. If he had told us we might not have believed it, so he allows us to both feel and see. You know the story of Doubting Thomas. He had to see and touch the holes in Master's sides, hands and feet to believe it. Only so will some of us believe. Some of us have to go through it to fully understand it. Noah warned the people about the flood, but they laughed at him until they saw it for themselves. But it was too late. Sometimes we pray for things and it's only when we receive them that we realize it's not good for us. There are lessons to be learned in all facets of our lives.
God's will can be accomplished in us: even when we are in the midst of stressful and troubling situations; even when we are in the midst of difficulties and hardships; even when things seem to go wrong. Under such circumstances, God can accomplish His purpose in our lives. Whether it be financial worries, unemployment, illness or other uncertainties as it may be for us today, God's master plan can still unfold in ways we may never be able to comprehend until we look back, be it of a specific one Point to our future.
As anthem writer Arthur Campbell Ainger aptly puts it……
God works out his purpose as year after year follows,
God is working out his purpose, and the time draws near;
nearer and nearer comes the time, the time that will be determined
when the earth will be filled with the glory of God as the waters cover the sea.
From the far east to the far west where feet have gone,
Through the mouths of many messengers comes the voice of God,
"Listen to me, you continents, you islands, pay attention to me,
that the earth may be filled with the glory of God as the waters cover the sea.”
What can we do to do God's work to prosper and grow
the love of God in all mankind, the dominion of the Prince of Peace?
What can we do to hasten the time, the time that will surely come
when the earth shall be filled with the glory of God as the waters cover the sea?
Let us march in the power of God, with Christ's banner unfurled,
that the light of the glorious gospel of truth may shine in all the world;
we fight the battle of suffering and sin to set their captives free,
that the earth may be filled with the glory of God as the waters cover the sea.
Anything we can do is worthless unless God blesses the act;
in vain do we hope for the harvest until God quickens the seed;
But the time draws nearer and nearer, the time that will be certain
when the earth will be filled with the glory of God as the waters cover the sea.
About the Author: Mrs. Marilyn Hodge owns and operates The Wellness Center in Farrington, Anguilla. The center offers counseling services by appointment only and has now published Positive Living Volume 2. Contact Information: 476-3517 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. www.facebook.com/axawellnesscentre