“O 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.” (Psalm 139:1-4 NIV)
This passage of scripture shows us the all-knowing nature of God and how much he cares for us. Do you remember what you ate for supper last night? When did you go to bed? When did you get up? You may have gotten busy with the day’s activities and already forgotten, but God has not!
It’s good to know God remembers, even when we forget. But sometimes it is scary. That means he knows about that person who was really annoying me. I did my best to keep my mouth shut, but a lot of hateful thoughts were going through my mind. Thank God I did not voice those thoughts, but God even knows those thoughts! So if he knows my thoughts, then he also knows my actions. He is aware of all the sins I have ever committed. The ones I would definitely not like to name in a public forum like this article. This is true for me. And it’s also true for you. God knows what you were thinking the last time you had a rude waitress, whether you let her have it or not. God knows all the sins you have ever done. That’s frightening, isn’t it?
Here is the great news. He knows my impure thoughts. He knows your bad thoughts. He knows all my sins. He knows all your sins. But he still loves us. That’s amazing! Most people find out a small portion of our bad thoughts and deeds and they are ready to drop us like a hot potato. God is not like that. He knows me. He knows you. He knows us inside and out. He loves us. He longs to have a relationship with us. He wants to save us so we can spend eternity with him. He knows you. Do you know him? Be close to God. Don’t run and hide. He wants to lead you in the everlasting way.
Written by: Jimmy Hodges
Have you ever stirred up a bunch of dust? Sometimes, in cleaning, you may think you are creating a bigger mess rather than making things better. You begin dusting, vacuuming, and rearranging; and halfway through you wonder if this is really worth it. Turning to God and the Bible can appear to be the same way. You probably thought you were a pretty good person until you started reading your Bible. Then, you read about all these sins and come to a better understanding of how sinful man really is. Satan throws in the temptation to give up. There is that tendency to give up in the middle of a major cleaning task. Satan wants you to quit this spiritual overhaul as well. You are a major threat to Satan. He cringes at the thought of God continuing his good restorative work on you. No wonder he tempts us to give up so easily.
Thankfully, God gives us something to settle the dust – his grace. Grace teaches us that God does not expect us to be perfect. He knows we are human and will sin. He sent Jesus to die on the cross to take away our sins. He continues to work with us so that we will be holy and sanctified in his sight.
Have you ever been by a building that was never completed? There was a large structure near the mall in my hometown like this. We rode by it many times as we headed west from the mall to the road home. As a child, I would daydream about the business that would be there if completed. Many people give up on God before his clean up job is complete. They are like that building and are only partially constructed. One of my mother’s refrigerator magnet reads, “Be patient! God isn’t finished with me yet.” You need to be patient because God is not finished with you yet.
In a religious article I read a while ago, a lady made this statement, “People quit too easily today.” Her comment was in reference to the younger generation and divorce. I am ashamed to say that many of us are quitters like she said. Be faithful in your marriage. Even more so, be faithful to God. He is fashioning a masterpiece. You may feel like a jumbled mess right now, but let God finish his work. When your life is done, then and only then is God’s construction complete.
Written by: Jimmy Hodges