Project 119: Hebrews 4:11-13

 |  Project 119  |  Mary Splawn

"The Only All-Knowing One"

The song “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” is a favorite at school programs this time of year. Kids sing that Santa “sees you when you're sleeping, he knows when you're awake, he knows if you've been bad or good, so be good for goodness’ sake!” But the truth of the matter is, no one but God is all-knowing!

Santa may not know if we’ve been bad or good, but God does. Verse 13 says it this way: “And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account” (ESV).

This passage hints back to Adam and Eve, who tried to cover up after they sinned. They did not want to be near God because they were ashamed. Sometimes we shy away from communion with God for the same reason. We do not want Him to see the sinful things we have done. But our hiding is in vain. God doesn’t have to make a list and check it twice; He always knows if we’re naughty or nice.

Now, apart from the grace we have by faith in Jesus, this truth of God’s omniscience is crushing. He knows our every deed, and we will never measure up. But as the Christmas story reminds us, in God’s great mercy, a Savior has been born to us!

Jesus calls us to the grand story of redemption through His blood. Our sinless Savior bore the full weight of our sins on the cross, and we are called to respond with faith that is followed by good works. But we aren’t called to be good for goodness’ sake, as the song suggests. Instead, Jesus calls us to be a light to others so they might also see and experience God’s matchless love and grace. May our purpose today be to share the love of Christ with each person with whom we come in contact, beginning with those in our household and continuing on with those we meet through commerce or community.

Hebrews 4:11-13 (ESV):

11 Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience. 12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.