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.
Recently, while I was babysitting my three-year-old niece, she asked if she could have a cookie before dinner. I lovingly told her that I was making dinner and that she could have two cookies after we ate; she smiled in agreement. Moments later she snuck into the cabinet, walked into the other room, and ate the cookies about which we had just spoken. I found her huddled by the couch feverishly cramming cookies into her mouth to conceal the evidence of her theft.
This story illustrates the first portion of this verse. Nothing can be hidden from God. He is all-knowing, about all creation, at all times. He knows our every thought before we are conscious of it, every sin we commit before we confess it, every move we make before we make it. He knows what we are going to pray about before we utter the first word. Just like I knew my three-year-old “sweet loving” niece had taken cookies from the cabinet and was going to eat them.
The portion of this verse that speaks to me is that everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of God before whom we must give account. At first, this portion of the verse may seem a little scary. I think about how often people tell me a story about their lives and they provide me with their version. It is human nature to justify certain behaviors or tell a story from your own vantage point, but God knows. He knows if we are lying, even when it is to ourselves.
This verse encourages me because it assures me God is all-knowing, and to me this means freedom. God wants to bring us to a position where we cease our struggles and our attempts at controlling life, and we give them over to him. He wants us to lay at his feet so that he can lift us up with his mercy and grace.
Yes, we are accountable for our actions, even the bad ones, but he wants to forgive us so we can have a close relationship with Him. Knowing everything is bare before God brings real freedom. I compare this to the human relationships that we form with our loved ones – a best friend, a spouse, a child, a parent, or a pastor. You can say or do anything to them because these are the people that know you best. They know you, your heart, and your intention, and they accept you as you are.
The same is true with your relationship with God; with God, you do not need to pretend to be someone you are not because he already knows. And He loves you exactly as you are!