Today’s Scripture: O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether. Psalm¬†139:1-4

How would you feel if you met a complete stranger who knew everything about you? The closest I came to experiencing this was during a trip I took to a grocery store as a Jr. High student. As I walked through an aisle, a man I had never met before saw me and greeted me by my first name. Who was this man, and how did he know my name?

Then I realized my belt buckle had given me away. The buckle had my name on it. Still, I was unnerved, to say the least.

Imagine how the Samaritan woman Jesus met at the well felt when Jesus told her about her five failed marriages and her illicit affair. How did He know these things? She had not written her life story on her belt buckle. Jesus knew everything about her because He was God. He knows everything about you and me, too.

The omniscience of God brings both comfort and conviction. God’s awareness of all things brings comfort in conflict, sorrow, frustration, disappointment, trials, personal struggles, weakness, need, desire, pain, tragedy,¬† defeat, distress, no matter what we are facing.

At the same time, God’s knowledge of our hearts is sobering. He knows all of our pride, prejudice, malice, envy, lust, hypocrisy, bitterness, deceit, slander, unbelief, idolatry, disobedience, and rebellion.

God knows if you are in the right or if you are wrong, even if you are uncertain. He knows the awkwardness of your situation when you have made a difficult decision and few people support you. Trust that God knows enough about you to lead you in the right direction. Trust that He loves you enough to convict you when you are going astray. Finally, trust that He cares enough to stand by your side through it all.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.