“For He knows false men, And He sees iniquity without investigating.”
“So the prophets came to them and called for repentance because of the nature of God. They said, “You cannot do that. God sees everything; He knows everything; nothing is hidden from Him.1”
By Reverend Ray
Perhaps one of the rarest questions we ask ourselves in the course of day to day life is; Does God see this that I have done? Does He truly know the contemplations of my heart? It is a misconception to think that God is somehow stationed on His throne in heaven with only a narrow view of the events and actions of His creation. We tend to limit the vision of God in human terms as if He must literally have His gaze fixed upon the moment in order for Him to be aware of it. This was the mindset that the prophets dealt with constantly among the children of Israel. They formed an image of God in their minds that limited His awareness of the goings on in the camp. God was in the Holy of Holies, but He really could not see far beyond the limits of the walls of the Tabernacle. This bears striking similarities to the concept most people have of God today, both in secular and religious communities.
The startling reality is that God sees iniquity without investigating. In other words, God does not have to check things out for Himself in order to be aware of the thoughts you may have just had as you read this. The consciousness of God is not constrained by time, space or perspective. God exercises absolute constant consciousness of all things, both material and spiritual at all time. Elihu, the miserable comforter of Job, would later elaborate on the statement he makes in Job 11:11 in Job 34:21-23. He states; “For His eyes are upon the ways of a man, And He sees all his steps. There is no darkness or deep shadow Where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves. For He does not need to consider a man further, That he should go before God in judgment.”
The idea in the mind of man that he can operate through life outside the reach of God’s knowledge or beyond the band of His gaze is distinctively human. In fact, it is intrinsic to our fallen nature that we have adopted from Adam. Adam, himself, thought that he could escape the presence of God’s constant awareness by hiding in the garden God had made for him. Genesis 3:8 says; “They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.” Their very actions implies that postulation that they could escape the principle of God’s fundamental constant awareness, i.e., He sees!
The depth of Elihu’s statement here; “He sees iniquity without investigating” asserts that God is not accumulating information to bring a case against us in order to condemn us. It is not necessary for the Eyewitness of all time and space to do so, as both Witness and Judge, He is justified in His condemnation of every man on the basis that He is the God that sees. Furthermore, this concept of God’s omniscience is reinforced by Elihu’s words in Job 34:23; “For He does not need to consider a man further, That he should go before God in judgment.” This suggests that the bogus idea that God will literally weigh out our good deeds against our bad deeds to determine whether or not we gain passage into heaven, is erroneous. The men of Beth-shemesh rightly asked; “Who is able to stand before the Lord, this holy God?” (I Sam. 6:20)
That God sees comprehensively, eternally, universally, indiscriminately, exhaustively, presently and coherently the recesses of the human heart is stated by Jesus; “You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God.” (Luke 16:15) To say that God sees, lays the life of man exposed and vulnerable to the righteousness of a Holy God, of whom we have to do. In the final analysis, there is no place to hide.
The Rev. Ray Druckenmiller is the Pastor at Manning Community Church.