Perhaps you have a complicated job, hobby or interest focus area that is hard to explain to those who ask about it. Because the listener has no experience or frame of reference to understand your explanation, you may have learned to just not talk about it. You summarize that the other person is so much in the dark about your topic, it wears you out explaining it.
Could God feel that way? After all, He knows everything, and we know nothing. We are in the dark about a lot of things. We don’t even know what we don’t know. Not knowing what’s in the dark is unacceptable to one of our neighbors. He goes out into his back yard every morning between 4 and 5 and walks the whole yard with a flashlight. He says he does it because he has no idea what kind of creatures are lurking out there in the dark, and he wants to know.
Darkness, physical and metaphorical, holds all kinds of mysteries. But what’s dark to us is not to our omniscient God. He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him. (Daniel 2:22)
Let that be a comfort. For thou art my lamp, O LORD: and the LORD will lighten my darkness. (2 Sam. 22:29) That’s a beautiful verse, but exactly how does He enlighten my darkness? He uses His word. (Psa. 119:105, Heb. 4:12)
While God’s omniscience and power through His word is a comfort in illuminating the darkness, sometimes we are the ones with the darkness. We have our own secrets we would like to hide from others and from God. But of course, that’s not possible. From the day God breathed the spirit of life into our lungs, He has known everything about us. We keep no secrets from God. The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly. (Prov. 20:27) That spirit He breathed in you is the light He uses to search everything about you. It’s like an implanted chip that uploads everything to God.
To those trying to live for Him, that’s an awesome thought. But to the wicked, that’s a horrible thought. But it’s true. We hide nothing from God. For his eyes are upon the ways of man, and he seeth all his goings. There is no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves. (Job 34:21-22) Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. (Heb. 4:13)
Even if you’re a mystery to yourself, God knows. A grasp of that will change your life in many ways. You might as well go along with Him on the inward candle search and pray with David, Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (Psa. 139:23-24)
Tell me what you think.