If you can’t hide from God you might as well choose to do what is right.
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power. – 1 Corinthians 4:20
For the word of God
- is alive 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.
Having grown up in the church I’ve heard this scripture (Hebrews 4:12-13) a number of times. It’s similar to John 3:16, Genesis 1:1, and many others that you just know if you’ve been in church all your life. However, in church service yesterday, like what often happens when reading or hearing a well known passage for the 100th time, something new struck me.
“Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him..”
Everything, that means everything I do, or say, or think about, God knows. Whether it’s good or bad, done in public or private, whether you wanted him to know or not, he does. “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight.”
This realization makes me think differently. It makes me wish that every time a bad idea enters my mind that these verses would jump out at me. I can’t hide it from God, so I might as well not do it. If your parents could see and know every single bad thing you said, thought, or did and you knew there would be consequences..would you wish a reminder would just jump out at you? You couldn’t hide it from them, so why do it?
“Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do.” – Romans 8:12
We don’t have to give in. We have the ability to say no to Satan, choose to do what is right, realize that God knows and can discipline us as he see’s fit if we do/think the wrong. If God can see and know everything about us..why even consider doing the wrong?
My goal is to plant, “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight.” in my mind so that when those evil thoughts come I’ll be even more prepared to chase Satan away and so no.
How about you? What are your thoughts on these scriptures? What helps you say no to Satan when he attacks?