God Already Knows Every Bad Thing You've Ever Done and That Should Give You Hope

Recently, in my Sunday School class, we’ve discussed how God knows everything we do and nothing is hidden from Him. This attribute of God’s character is referred to as His omniscience. He is all-knowing. 

Hearing this truth about the Lord used to strike fear in me. Not a reverential, proper fear of God, but instead a general sense of being afraid of God. I felt I was waiting for the mighty Judge of the world to whack me on the head with His divine hammer when He discovered I was doing something wrong. 

Friends, God’s omniscience should not make us afraid of God, it should make us hope in Him. 

God’s Omniscience Offers Rest

Instead of bringing a sense of wrongful fear, God’s all-knowing-ness makes Him a safe place to find rest. Take a look at Hebrews Chapter 4. Read the whole Chapter. It’s only sixteen verses and will take you less than 5 minutes to read. 

In verses 10-13, we see the amazing rest that is available to God’s people. I’ve written about serving God from a place of rest before, but let’s look at the connection between God’s omniscience and the rest we can know as His children.

For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His. … And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.
— Hebrews 4:10, 13

Right in the middle of those two verses, we find verse 12, which tells us that “the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword…able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” 

God is fully aware of everything we do in service to Him. But He also knows the deeper intentions of our hearts that motivate that service. This truth will make some of us afraid and cause others of us to rejoice. 

The Intentions of My Heart 

On its own, my heart is ugly, deceitful, desperately wicked, and wretched (Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 7:24). But, in Christ, God has circumcised my heart, cutting away the heart of stone and replacing it with a heart of flesh (Romans 2:29; Ezekiel 36:26-27). 

Because of this, I can now go with confidence to the One who already knows the intentions of my heart and trust Him to reveal the sin that lies within it for the glorifying purpose of making me more and more Christlike. I can boldly pray the same prayer that David did when He said: 

Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxious thoughts; and see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way
— Psalm 139:23-24

God’s Omniscience Offers Freedom

It is easy to convince ourselves that because God already knows every good and bad thing we’ve done that we should hide from Him. It is equally easy to deceive ourselves into thinking we not only must hide from Him but that we even can hide from Him. Adam and Eve found out that you can’t hide from God (Genesis 3:8-9). Jonah learned the same lesson (Jonah Chapter 1). 

Hiding sin, pretending it doesn’t exist, is like choosing to stay in prison when the jailer has handed you the keys to freely walk out. God has given us the freedom of reconciliation with Him by the power of the Savior’s redemptive work on the Cross. If you are a child of the King, God now sees your once ugly, deceitful, desperately wicked, and wretched heart through the sacrifice of Christ as clean, redeemed, and righteous (1 Corinthians 6:9-11). 

God knows it all. There is nothing that you can confess to Him that will shock Him, surprise Him, or cause Him to love you any less. And there’s nothing to fear in the presence of your Father. This should drive us to focus on the freedom we have in Him rather than the fear of not measuring up. He knows we don’t measure up. But Christ, our substitutionary atoning sacrifice, does measure up. He’s the only One who does.

This freedom is a freedom to walk in righteousness, not a license to continue in sin. We are no longer to be slaves to sin (Romans 6:6). Hiding in fear, living in unconfessed sin because you are afraid of God keeps you bound to your sin. God has given us the gift of death to sin. We have been crucified with Christ so that we are united with Him in His resurrection as well as His death (Romans 6:4-6). “He who has died is freed from sin.” 

Oh, poor souls, Christ knows everything about you! This is our great happiness, that we have a King who knows us so well. Oh, here is the excellency of our King!
— William Dyer, "Christ's Famous Titles"

Our Strong Tower

The name of the Lord is a strong tower. The righteous runs into it and is safe (Proverbs 18:10).

Safety is something we already have as children of God. We are safe in the presence of our Strong Tower. The Lord’s omniscience is evidence that God is a safe place to run to, not a fearful condemnation to run from (Romans 8:1). 

God already knows your dirt, so there’s no fear in confession for the believer. Go to Him with your troubles, repent of your sin of self-sufficiency, and rest in the freedom of knowing that He knows, He sees, and He forgives.

Action Points

  1. When was the last time you prayed like David and asked the Lord to search you and try you? Have you been afraid to pray that prayer? Why?
  2. What sin lies deep in your soul that you have deceived yourself into thinking is hidden from God?
  3. How restful are you? Does freedom from slavery to sin seem foreign?
  4. Have you surrendered your life to the Savior, Jesus Christ? That’s the first step to knowing the freedom that’s been discussed in this article. Go to our Good News page for help and let us know that you visited the page by emailing us at support@womenshopeproject.com 
  5. Is there a godly older woman in your life that can help you walk through these concepts?
  6. Is there a younger woman you know who needs your help to realize the freedom that can be known in Christ?