Jonah didn’t want to obey God’s command to go to Nineveh and preach, so he “ran away from the Lord.” He boarded a ship and sailed away “to flee from the Lord” (Jonah1:1-3). However, God knew right where he was and caused a great storm that resulted in Jonah being thrown overboard into the sea and swallowed by a great fish.
Disobeying God’s command, Achan took gold, silver, and a robe from Jericho and hid his treasure underground inside his tent. God knew. Through casting lots, Achan’s sinful secret was exposed as the reason for Israel’s trouble, and he was stoned (Joshua 7).
The Lord revealed that Saul was hiding among the baggage when he was to be presented as king (1 Samuel 10:22). David tried to hide his sin with Bathsheba, but the Lord sent the prophet Nathan to confront David and reveal the consequences of his actions (2 Samuel 12).
Ananias and Sapphira individually lied to the apostles (and the Holy Spirit) about the profit from selling their land. Both of them immediately fell down and died as a result of their deceit (Acts 5).
Throughout the Bible, we read that God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit know our hearts and minds. “Hearts and minds” refer to the innermost center of our being--our emotions and will. “I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind…The Lord knows the thoughts of man…Jesus knew their thoughts” (Jeremiah 17:10; Psalm 94:11; Matthew 12:25). God’s superior knowledge of man is revealed throughout the Bible (1 Chronicles 28:9; Psalm 7:9,17:3; Proverbs 5:21; Ezekiel 11:5; Daniel 2:22; John 2:24-25; Revelation 2:23).
God knew us before we were even born (Jeremiah 1:5). David admitted that God’s eyes saw his unformed body and ordained his days (Psalm 139:13,15-16). The Lord knows who we are (called Samuel, Simon/Peter, Zacchaeus, and Saul/Paul by name), and where we are (Nathaniel under a fig tree, the disciples in a locked room after the resurrection, and Saul/Paul on the road to Damascus). He knows what everyone thinks and says (Capernaum’s teachers, Thomas), and what our hearts are like (David, Pharisees, Luke 16:15). The Lord knows our history (Samaritan woman at the well), and our future (Judas’ betrayal, Peter’s denials). Furthermore, the Holy Spirit knows our weaknesses and helps us (Romans 8:26-27).
God created us so He knows our physical bodies better than any doctor does; plus, He can heal us. He understands our minds for He’s the master designer of our brains. “Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit” (Psalm 147:5). He knows our lies, our secrets, and our needs (2 Corinthians 11:31; Psalm 44:21; Matthew 6:31-32). He knows more about us than we do--even the number of hairs on our head (Luke 12:7). Trying to hide anything from God is impossible.
Thus, when we acknowledge that absolutely nothing is hidden from God, we usually become afraid or relieved. Being honest with the Lord has better results than ignoring Him because we are accountable to Him. Yet, when we confess and repent of our sins, He is faithful, just, and forgives us.
It’s comforting that the Lord is aware of everything happening to us and that He is able and willing to help us. He wants the best for us because He loves us. We’re foolish if we think we can be happier living without the Lord and His guidelines. He had established them for our benefit because He knows what we need and what makes our lives fulfilling and joyful.
Do you believe in God’s perfect omniscience? You may fool a lot of people, but you’ll never be able to hide anything from God. Remember that He has the power and authority to intervene anytime and anywhere.