'God sees through these fig-leaves!' by Thomas Watson, "Body of Divinity"
"My eyes are on all their ways; they are not hidden
from Me, nor is their sin concealed from My eyes!"
If God is a God of infinite knowledge, then see the folly of hypocrisy. Hypocrites (and we are all this to varying degrees) carry it fair with men—but care not how bad their hearts are; they live in secret sin. "They say—How can God know? Does the Most High have knowledge?" "What does God know? Can He judge through thick darkness?" "God has forgotten, He hides His face, He will never see it!"
But, "His understanding is infinite!" He has a window to look into men's hearts! He has a key to open up the heart. "Your Father who sees in secret." God sees in
secret. As a merchant enters debts in his book, so God has His debt-book, in which He enters every sin!
The hypocrite (me!) thinks to disguise and juggle with God—but God will unmask him. "God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing." "For they have done outrageous things . . . I know it and am a witness to it—declares the Lord." Jeremiah 29:23
"The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." 1 Sam. 16:7
--- from Grace Gems
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The truth of God's all-knowing, always-present essence might seem a terrifying prospect, were it not for the atoning sacrifice of Christ on my behalf! Thank you, Jesus! This is the reason that the Gospel is sooo important, even for the long-time believer to remember. We are all hypocrites and pharisees to varying degrees, and what grace it is to be unmasked of our works righteousness!
Praise be to God that as He exposes our hearts, He also applies His mercy, love, and grace throught the Holy Spirit, so that we can believe and trust in Jesus Christ! His superabounding grace and His enabling Holy Spirit give us all we need for walking in humble submission to His will. Dear Lord, continue to guide my steps, day by day, and make me into who You have already made me to be in eternity past and eternity future, in the holy name of Jesus.. Amen!