Don’t Pretend with God
Psalm 69:5 “You know my folly, O God; my guilt is not hidden from you.” (NIV)
One thing we can be absolutely confident in is that God knows us in every detail, thought, and motivation of our being. Nothing can be or ever will be hidden from God on our part. We may be able to hide it from our family, friends, or even our enemies, but we will never hide anything from our God. Psalm 139 says it all concerning our intimacy from God, because he knows it all, anticipates it all, and we can never flee from his presence. If God is able to find Jonah in the belly of the fish, he will find us no matter what we have done or how low we have fallen. Why should that be? The answer is found in the awesome love of God for each person in this world past, present, and future. God loves us so much that he gave up his only son Jesus Christ to the cross, so that whoever believes in Jesus Christ shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).
So what does this mean for us as we live each day in this world? I offer three truths we can cling to even when our thinking has grown fuzzy because of sin in our life, or when we have crossed the line and become disappointed in ourselves. No matter where we find ourselves, take courage from these truths of our devotional text:
God knows us intimately. He knows both the good and the bad of each one of us since we can never hide anything from God. So give yourself the freedom to approach God and converse with him because he already knows who you are and what must be done as you go forward into your future.
God knows our guilt, both real and imagined, because it is not hidden from him. When we feel the burden of guilt in our lives, we must deal with it immediately by taking it to God! Since God already knows our guilt, we must come to him in humble, believing, and repentant prayer. God will take our guilt, both real and imagined, and give us freedom from its oppressive burden IF we are willing to give it to him.
God knows our folly, so we never have to be pretend people with God. God knows the real truth about us and what we have done, so just be honest with God. Pretense is a defensive measure many use to not allow the truth about them to seep out, and in the process it debilitates the soul and spirit of any man who chooses to practice it. With God, it is simply a waste of time.
What a blessing we have that God knows us and still loves us unconditionally. Never deprive yourself of the presence and power of God to deal with your problems in this world. We never have to pretend, we just have to talk to God and let it all out, and I mean every bit of it. God will address your guilt, forgive your sins, and direct your life in new ways IF you come to him with a sincere and open heart.
TODAY, FATHER, I VOW THAT I WILL NEVER KEEP THINGS TO MYSELF AND HOLD THEM IN, BECAUSE YOU ALREADY KNOW ME AND STILL LOVE ME. THANK YOU, FATHER, FOR YOUR MERCY AND GRACE!
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