There are people who apparently believe they can get by with about anything they want to do. They are like those wicked ones whom God through the psalmist, Asaph, addresses. They were quick to cite God’s law when it suited their purposes, but would not be restrained by it. They freely associated with and approved of thieves and adulterers. They were unrestrained in speech, planning and plotting evil while lying and slandering even their own brothers. God says of them…
“These things you have done, and I have been silent;
you thought that I was one like yourself.
But now I rebuke you and lay the charge before you.” (Psalm 50:21).
How did they think of God? What does it mean that they thought He was “one like yourself?” Remember that God is speaking here of the way they thought about sin.
Some people tend to minimize their wrongdoings and those of others – as long as they are not the recipients of the wrong – since “nobody is being hurt.” Sometimes we ignore wrongdoing in ourselves if we think no one knows about it. Sometimes we think we can talk ourselves out of being blamed by putting up all kinds of excuses and “explanations.” Sometimes we hope people will eventually forget – and sometimes they do. People sometimes “wink” at sin or make it out to be a joke. Sometimes people think they are so insignificant that surely God won’t notice what they do. People often prefer not to know that the things they do are wrong, apparently thinking that “ignorance is bliss.”
But none of these things work with God. He is not like us. He does not – indeed, cannot – ignore sin. He doesn’t minimize the seriousness of evil. Sin is hurtful to His children and His creation and God not only dislikes that, He abhors it! He doesn’t think sin is a joking matter. He doesn’t forget that we sin against Him and against our fellow man. God is holy – altogether separated from sin and evil and cannot abide sin in His holy presence. He doesn’t excuse us on the basis of ignorance, either. And while God cannot tolerate sin, He loves the sinner and longs for a relationship with every one of us.
How much does God know about us? Everything! Here is how David described God’s knowledge of him…
“O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.
You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high; I cannot attain it.” (Psalm 139:1-6).
David observes that there is nothing about him that God did not know. He knew when he sat down, when he stood up and when he went to bed. He knew all his thoughts and habits. He knew what he was going to say before he ever said it. God also protected him front and rear and covered him with His hand. Awareness of God’s complete knowledge of him was something David was made to wonder about even thought he didn’t understand it all.
Does God only have knowledge of great men like David? Does He not know you and me just as well as He knew David? Think of what Jesus said to the Pharisees;
The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all these things, and they ridiculed him. And he said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God. (Luke 16:14-15).
Jesus’ disciples, when praying for the Lord to show them which among them He had chosen to replace Judas as an apostle, prayed, “You, Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which one of these two you have chosen (Acts 1:24). God knows the hearts of all.
Pretend all you want to, you are not going to deceive Him. He knows you better than you know yourself. You can lie to yourself enough that you start believing your lies, but not Him.
“Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.” (Galatians 6:7).