Prayer for the day
Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. Indeed, our heart rejoices in him, for in his holy Name we put our trust. Let your loving-kindness, O LORD, be upon us, as we have put our trust in you.
Scripture for the day
It’s a lovely thought that there are some private things that belong to us, and only to us. It’s lovely, but it’s also erroneous. The Scriptures are very clear that everything we think, everything we do, is open to the eyes of God. There is nothing that we can hide from God, whether good or bad. All, according to the writer of Hebrews, is laid bare before the mind of God.
Hebrews speaks not only of the omniscience of God, but also of the precision of the scriptures, piercing through our facade in order to expose the truth of who we are. When we are pierced and laid bare, when we have been exposed, we lie before God without covering, knowing that all of who we are is known, perfectly.
The people of Israel come to Jeremiah asking that he would pray for their well-being, that God would save them from the predicament which they had created for themselves. Jeremiah says that God will be gracious to them if they turn from the path they’ve chosen, to flee from the enemy instead of trusting God’s provision for them.
Regardless of this promise, Jeremiah says that the people will perish, because God knows they have decided to act against his advice and requirement. It doesn’t matter what God is promising because God can see the hearts and minds of the people even before they give an answer to his request. Regardless of their words, God sees deeply, to the core of who they are.
May we be known, and act accordingly.