Bella Vista Church of Christ

LIFELINES

09/13/2017

Charles Cash

God Knows Us

 

For the Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”

 (Hebrews 4:12-13)

 

  You have probably said to someone, especially one you love and are close to: “I know you like a book.” But, do you really know everything about that person, including all their thoughts and intents? There is One who knows absolutely everything about us, including all our “thoughts and attitudes”—God!

It was Abraham Lincoln who once said:

“You can fool part of the people all the time.

You can fool all the people part of the time.

But you cannot fool all the people all the time.”

 

  Well, you cannot fool God anytime! God knows everything! There is both warning and encouragement in our text. The warning is that we can never hide anything from our God. And, if others misjudge our thoughts, our motives, our intentions, then it is an encouragement to know that God knows the truth, what is in our heart. That will help us to bear undue and wrongful criticism. Someone once said, “One thing to be thankful for is that only you and God have all the facts about yourself.

 

  This is what David wrote concerning this matter. “Lord, You have searched me and You know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; You perceive my thoughts from afar, You discern my going out and my lying down; You are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue, You know it completely, O Lord. You hem me in—behind and before; You have laid Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.” (Psalm 139:1-6) How true! How powerful! How wonderful!

 

  Despite inflation, a penny for my thoughts is sometimes still a fair price. Psychologists tell us that about 10,000 thoughts pass through the average human mind each day. It is not always easy to think the right thoughts. Our thoughts will become actions. Dr. Albert Schweitzer, no doubt, had the right thoughts in mind when he answered the question: “Doctor, what is wrong with the world?” After a pause, he replied, “Men don’t think.” All the mistakes we will ever make will come from wrong thinking.

 

  Mel Weldon wrote:

“My mind is a garden;

My thoughts are the seeds.

My harvest will be

Either flowers or weeds.”

 

  Pay particular attention to the way David closes Psalm 139 with an invitation for God to come into his heart and examine him. “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 139:23-24)

 

  If you just think about it, that is a bold, extraordinary request! But, shouldn’t we all make this our personal prayer and invitation to God?

 

—CHARLES CASH