Key Verse: Even if we feel guilty, God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything. – 1 John 3:20
We can take comfort from the scriptural fact that our God is an omniscient, all-knowing being as described in both the Old Testament and the New. We humans have limited knowledge, and even though some people appear to know everything in factual terms, there is not one person alive that can discern the hearts and motivations of other people in a way that God can.
Not only did he see and create our initial moments when he knit us together in the womb with perfect knowledge, Psalm 139, but he also sees our whole life path and eventual demise too. It is with this knowledge that we can trust him to direct our paths, and thus we should do as the Proverbs says – trust in him entirely and ‘lean not on our own understanding’. Although there are times that our ways and efforts seem highly logical and appear to be a stroke of genius, he has declared the beginning from the end and his thoughts are not our thoughts, or his ways like our ways.
An all-knowing God can appear to us either as a great comfort or as a great terror. For Christians who personally know their all-knowing God, there is nothing hid from him so you can be completely open and honest at all times. This is a refreshing change from bottling things up, as he not only knows what your deeds are (good and bad) but he also cares immensely and always wants to help us. If we lie to ourselves and to God, nothing can change, but when we confess and open our hearts to him then he can work with us.
However, for those who don’t have a relationship with God this all-knowing quality can be a scary thing. He can see all their sins as clear as day, he knows what the thoughts of their wicked heart are continually and he will not accept pitiful excuses for behaviour because the motivations of the individual are not hid from him.
If you are his, be not afraid of this omniscience because you are worth more than many sparrows and he has numbered the very hairs on your head.