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“Pick a card, any card.” That’s how the magician begins the card trick. The person picks a card, puts it randomly in the deck. The magician shuffles the deck, then shows the chosen card. It looks like the magician can read minds, but he can’t. It’s a trick, an illusion.
What’s not a trick or an illusion is that our minds and hearts are an open book to God. God knows everything about us. I find this reality to be both sobering and comforting.
First, the sobering part of God knowing everything about us. This can be unsettling, that God knows what we don’t want anybody to know, not even Him.
But this is good, and here’s why. More often than not, what we privately think and feel eventually becomes public; we may not think it will or want it to, but it does. How often haven’t we tried to keep our thoughts to ourselves or stuff a feeling when something triggers us and all of sudden we utter words or express actions that expose what we tried to keep hidden? Knowing that God knows our thoughts and feelings can help us be intentional about dealing with them to much the same degree that we seek to control our public words and actions.
The fact that God knows our thoughts and feelings, some of which would embarrass us if made public, can drive us to an honest and open relationship with Him. It puts us in a position to humbly ask for God’s forgiveness and joyfully accept that forgiveness. Amazing – He loves us and is willing to forgive us and accept us in spite of what is so bad within us that we want to keep it hidden at all costs!
And now for the comforting part of God knowing everything about us. We sometimes complain that no one understands us. God does! We are not alone with our thoughts and feelings. God knows, He understands! Yes, God is closer to us than we are to ourselves. We are fully known by Him and this is good, very good!
In fact, He understands us better than we understand ourselves! He can help us unravel our deepest inner mysteries. He’s the ultimate counselor! John Newton, who wrote the famous hymn “Amazing Grace,” observed that, in his own life, “there is seldom an hour in any day when lively communion with my God, in Christ, is not present to my view as the chief good.”
There’s always a trick as to how the magician can identify the chosen card. The magician could explain the trick to us, but that would remove the amazement factor. It’s no trick when it comes to God reading our minds and hearts. It’s for real! We are fully known by Him, and that’s what’s really amazing!
“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.” Hebrews 4:13