Psalm 94:11 The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.
Only a foolish man thinks he can hide anything from the Lord. This includes his thought life. The Lord knows all man’s thoughts (1 Chronicles 28:9) which includes the good (Malachi 3:16) and the bad (Psalm 94:11). David expressed this truth to the Lord when he said, “Thou knowest . . . my thought afar off. . . . For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether” (Psalm 139:2-4). The Lord Jesus Christ often exhibited this capability during His earthly ministry (Matthew 12:25; Luke 5:22; Luke 6:8; Luke 9:47; Luke 11:17). Even the written word of God reveals this ability by being “a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).
- (For children): We can hide our inner thoughts from other people but never from God. Read Job 42:1-2. Read what Job did when he realized God was not pleased with his way of thinking (Job 42:6). That was his way of telling God he was sorry.
- (For everyone): What are you thinking about right now? Are you thinking about some of the bad thoughts you have had, wondering if God knows about them? He does!
- Why is it important that we yield our thought life to the Lord? How can our impure thoughts grieve the Lord? What blessings can come from God’s knowledge of our righteous thoughts?
- Ask the Lord to forgive you for your unclean thoughts.
- Ask God to help you remember that He knows your thoughts.