Verse of the Day Devotion: Hebrews 4:13
“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 4:13
This verse speaks to the all-knowing attribute of God, something we do not have. David, in Psalm 139 says the following in viewing this attribute. “If I say, Surely the darkness will overwhelm me, And the light around me will be night, Even the darkness is not dark to You, And the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to You.” Psalm 139:11-12. The word translated “overwhelm” has an additional meaning of cover, which verse 12 makes this meaning probable. In fact, this is the same verse in the English Standard Version (ESV) which matches the way the KJV states it. “If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.“ What David here is saying is that there is no way I can hide anything I do, even though I try to cover it up.
And this is what the writer of Hebrews is saying. God sees all things and hears all things. As our focus verse states, there is no creature hidden from His sight. He is infinitely wise and has infinite knowledge. There is nothing our God does not know, and we can look at this as a good or a not so good thing. However, either way you look at it, He knows us better then we know ourselves. Therefore, we must realize that we can hide nothing from Him.
God’s Word accurately and penetratingly expose what is in our hearts. We can look at what His Word says about us, and if we look seriously at it, we will see things we may not want to admit. And this is because God knows everything that is there. We must never think we can hide anything from God, for His eyes see all because of His omnipresence. “The eyes of the LORD are in every place, Watching the evil and the good.” Proverbs 15:3. There is nowhere He is not, therefore it is impossible to hide anything from Him.
Before I was truly saved, I used to think in this way. Essentially, if others did not know I did wrong, God probably did not as well. But after sitting under an incredible pastor in Homestead Fl, I came to the understanding that nothing was hid from Him. Not that I believed He did not know, but I did not give any thought to God knowing what I had done. It was only after spending more intimate time with God did I begin to realize the fullness of His understanding. I realized no matter whether anyone else knew what I did, whether good or bad, God knew. So now, when I pray at the end of each day, I ask God to show me what I do not know or accept, so I can address it with Him.
I want to encourage everyone to do the same. It is easy for us to deceive ourselves, but it is impossible to deceive our loving and faithful God. It is not always pleasant for God to open our eyes to who we really are. It can be difficult to accept. However, it is important for us to listen to Him, whether what He says is good or not so good. It is important that we present ourselves fully and completely to God as we are, so that He can change us to what we ought to be. “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:1-2.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries.