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– You compass my path and my lying down – and are acquainted with all my ways. – Psalm 139:3

– “Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him?” says the Lord.  “Do not I fill heaven and earth?” – Jeremiah 23:24

One of my favorite scenes from any move is the one in “Groundhog Day”, where Phil Connors and Rita (Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell) have just sat down at a booth in the Tip-Top Cafe.  February 2nd has been relived by Phil so many times now in Punxsutawney – he offers up some information he has gathered about her each day.  It is very personal, and she is a little scared as to how he knows so much.

His only real contact with her so far, has been as the weatherman for the Pittsburgh TV station where she is the producer.  It has been purely a professional relationship to date.  In this scene, Phil has just walked Rita around the restaurant, pointing out all the regulars to her, then reeling off information about each one – like he has known them all his life; not from just visiting one day a year.

As soon as they sit down, Rita says, “Do you know about me?”  Phil replies, “I know all about you.  You like producing, but you are hoping for more than Channel 9.”  Rita interrupts him as if this is common knowledge. “Everyone knows that,” she says with a soft smile.  Then a far-away look appears in Phil’s eyes.  His voice quiets as he starts recalling the rest of much deeper things he’s found out:

“You like boats, but not the ocean.  You go to a lake in the summer with your family.  There’s a long wooden dock with a boat-house, with the boards missing from the roof – and a place you used to crawl underneath it to be alone.  You’re a sucker for French poetry and rhinestones.  You’re generous.  You’re kind to children and strangers.  And when you stand in the snow, you look like an angel.”

“How are you doing this?” she asks.  Phil repeats he keeps waking up over and over in Punxsutawney on Groundhog Day, and there is never anything new.  A little bit later, Phil tells Rita the exact time their cameraman will come through the door; writing down what he will say word-for-word.  Just prior to this, Phil says to her, “Maybe God isn’t omnipotent – He’s just been around so long He knows everything.”

However, God is omnipotent – there is never anything new to Him (Ecclesiastes 1:9, Ecclesiastes 3:15).  Our Father is familiar with all our ways – from the delivery room unto death – counting our every step from the cradle to the grave (lead passage, Psalm 139:16, Job 31:4).  If we should have a secret hiding place like Rita, where we go to be alone – He knows the location, when we go there, and why.

God knows if we are suckers for French poetry or French fries.  If we prefer “Rhinestone Cowboy” over real rhinestones – He will be aware of this as well.  If we are generous as Rita was to people like children and strangers, He knows if our charity is from pure hearts being continually regenerated by the Spirit within us (Titus 3:5, 1 Peter 1:22).  Or if it’s fake, feigned, and hoping for some favor from Him.

Every thought, every idea, every musing – coming into our minds is manifest to Him – as well as what we might be imagining to do with such thinking (Ezekiel 11:5, 1 Chronicles 28:9).  If our outward ways and words should appear righteous to others – God will know by His Word how dirty, wicked, and hypocritical our hearts may still be; like the Pharisees (Ezekiel 33:31, Matthew 23:25-28, Hebrews 4:12).

Yes, all our ways, wants, and worries are continually known to our Father.  Foods we like eating, clothes we like wearing, and books we like reading are known to Him.  All the TV shows we love viewing, and every website we like visiting, are always before His eyes.  The Lord may even love singing along with our favorite songs.  Sleep is a stranger to God – our daily guide unto death (Isaiah 40:28, Psalm 48:14).

Each single hair on our head is numbered and known by Him (Matthew 10:30).  The Almighty knows word-for-word everything we will ever say – before such speech gets to our tongues (Psalm 139:4).  Our nights shine as days to God – dark and light are both alike to Him (Psalm 139:12).  Our needs are known from above – before we ever know we have need of them below (Matthew 6:8).

If this is not enough to believe God is acquainted with all our ways, we have a long way to go in understanding who He is.  We all have presumptuous and secret sins we don’t even know about – but He does (Psalm 19:13, Psalm 90:8).  If we ever feel we can fool God, or feign our faith, we’re not very wise. If we ever act as if anything is evading His eyes – we have ourselves a ready recipe for evil.

Remember when Rita asked Phil, “How are you doing this?”  If Phil was able to gather so much personal information about her in such a relatively short time – just imagine how all-inclusive His is.  God knew us before the womb (Jeremiah 1:5).  Each time we stand or lie down, He knows (Psalm 139:2).  All the new places we may move to in life – God knew them all before we were born (Acts 17:26).

Remember when Rita was a bit scared of Phil’s knowledge?  It is far better to fear and be scared about the Lord’s knowledge of us now (Psalm 36:1) – than not be spared later when we meet Him.  When He judges our secrets by Christ according to His gospel (Romans 2:16),  When the hidden things of darkness, and the counsel of our hearts on earth, is made manifest in heaven (1 Corinthians 4:5).

How are we going to respond on that day if He asks us why we tried to conceal a matter we should have confessed (1 John 1:9)?  “Oh, I didn’t think You saw that.”  How are we going to answer if He asks us why we acted all righteous and religious, when in the presence of others – but had some rage issues with Him in the seeming privacy of our homes (2 Kings 19:27)?  “Oh, I didn’t think You heard that.”

If we spent our lives drawing near to Him with our lips, while our hearts drifted daily between the world and Word (Matthew 15:8)  – will we say, “Oh, I didn’t think You knew that” when questioned?   Remember, everything God does is perfect without any iniquity – (Deuteronomy 32:4).  This means all of creation has to be manifest before Him continually (Hebrews 4:13).

What if God misses things, makes mistakes, or takes breaks?  What if we are giving account to Him on that day – and He asks, “When did that happen?” What if we ask Him why something did have to happen, and He said “I don’t know?”  If God does is not acquainted with all our ways from birth to death, how will He be qualified to judge us – or the world when the time comes (Romans 3:5-6)?

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