this week we began a four week series titled, known: understanding our identity in Christ. this weeks lesson was, God knows your heart. Psalm 139: 1-4 says this:
You have searched me, Lord, and You know me. You know when i sit and when i rise; You perceive my thoughts from afar. You know my going out and my lying down; You are familiar with all my ways. before a word is on my tongue You, Lord, know it completely.
to begin to understand that God knows our heart, we have to first understand that God really knows everything. There is a special word for this, omniscient. omniscient means all-knowing. God is omniscient. when we first hear that God is omniscient, we may believe that we understand this. a few months ago i read an excerpt from matt chandler’s book explicit gospel that helps us to realize that we truly can not grasp the magnitude of God’s omniscience. he writes:
God knows everything. He knows everything at the macro level. He knows the temperature at which certain stars burn. He knows the orbital lines of planets. He knows every mountain in every mountain range on this planet and others. He knows the depths of every ocean. He knows it all at the macro level.
but He also knows it all at the micro level. He knows every atom and every molecule. He knows their positions, their locations, their functions. He sees and governs every instance of mitosis, which, in case you’ve been out of school for a while, is one cell becoming two cells. we have a God who knows everything at the macro level, but He also knows everything at the micro level.
in addition to the exhaustive depth of His knowledge is the exhaustive breadth of His knowledge. God is aware of every event that has ever occurred and will ever occur, and He knows completely how each event affects other events that create still more events that roll into other events and so on and so forth ad infinitum.
it is vital that we try to dig deeper into God’s omniscience before we truly believe what comes next.
you have never disappointed God, because God already knew!
in order to be disappointed, you thought something would happen and you get your hopes up for it, and then something else happened. this can not happen to God because He has known from the beginning of time everything you have done and will do. remember, God is omniscient.
jeremiah 1:5 says:
before I formed you, I knew you, before you were born, I called you.
God knows us. He knows all about the crud, also known as sin, in our lives. i had an example last night of “crud” as a kitty litter box. sin in our lives is nasty, stinky crud just like a cat litter box. here is a picture of what it looked like:
at first glance, this looks like cat litter and cat poop. the truth is this is grape nut cereal and slightly melted tootsie rolls. i had some fun with this example. i told the students that i read online that all of this stuff was sterile and eatable. i backed up my profound knowledge by taking a bite of one of these. i wish i had someone recording the reaction. everyone went crazy thinking i had just eaten cat poop.
1 samuel 16:7 reads:
the Lord does not look at the things man looks at. man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.
everyone believed i had eaten cat poop. it looked like cat poop. i told them it was cat poop. no one made sure it actually was cat poop.
the world wants us, Christians, to view things for face value. these people look a certain way so they are that way. your identity is not based on your outward appearance. it is not based on your successes or your mistakes. it is not even defined by you; it is defined by God, since He made you. and He does not look at what others look at. He is not impressed by the things that people are impressed by. He looks at the heart.
so you do not have to go on trying to convince God of where your heart is. you do not have to try to impress Him. He knows; but you also cannot fool Him. remember, again, God is omniscient. it is easy to fool people. it is easy to come to church, take notes, worship with your hands held high, pray at the alter, etc., but God knows your heart.
God knows your heart, because He created your heart.
even though God knows your heart, He still wants you to open it to Him.
jonah, my three year old, decided he wanted some brownies for breakfast wednesday morning. admittedly, i left them on the counter the night before, but when bekka and i discovered a handful of brownies missing from the middle of the pan, we questioned him. he declined several times that he ate them, even after showing him the jonah-sized handful of missing brownies in the pan. we knew he had eaten the brownies, we just wanted him to be honest with us and tell us that he had done it. the same is true of our heavenly Father. God knows your heart and He knows the crud that you have done and will do. and His desire is to hear you say, “i need You, Daddy. i can not do it on my own”.
next week, we will be we are talking about the idea that God knows our false identity. the world wants us to believe our identity is in false things but that is not true.