God Knows My Folly
Psalm 69:5 (ESV) — O God, you know my folly; the wrongs I have done are not hidden from you.
The first week of bootcamp is spent in the processing station before you ever begin actual training. Many people don’t realize this. You do some exercise and basic drills to prepare you for what you are about to experience in a few short days, but it’s not the actual beginning of your training period. You get your haircut, dog tags, paperwork, uniforms, and several sorts of other things. During this time, someone stepped on my ankle in a moment of commotion as we were being dismissed to our barracks. My ankle throbbed and swelled up to the size of a softball. I had a few days to get it looked at and try to treat it. I didn’t want to get rolled back and wait for the next group of soldiers to process for bootcamp.
I gutted it out and got cleared to start bootcamp with everyone else. We were dropped off at the location where we would live and a swarm of Drill Sgts. awaited us, screaming the entire time. My ankle hurt for weeks, but I stayed out of the spotlight and nobody ever knew it. I didn’t draw any attention to myself and managed to keep the Drill Sgts. from ever knowing.
This kind of secret may be kept from other people, but no secrets can be kept from God. He knows all things. Nothing can be hidden from His sight. We read in Psalm 69:5, “O God, you know my folly; the wrongs I have done are not hidden from you.”
Notice that the psalmist admits to God that He knows all His folly and wrongs. Nothing done can be hidden from His sight.
The omniscience of God is total. He knows the intentions of the heart. He sees the motives and reasons for our actions. This is why what we say or what others believe is not the ultimate thing. God knows the truth of all things.
This is bad news for the rebels who think they can fool God. There is no fooling Him. We must repent, not hide. But this is great news for those who are in Christ. Even though God knows our wrongs, we are still loved through the finished work of Jesus. He knows us fully yet loves us. This should lead us to respond in gratitude and obedience to Him.
Reflection & Journal:
- Why is it vital that we remember God is omniscient?
- What is omniscience?
- How should a doctrine like this inform our daily actions and prayers?
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