Read Hebrews 4:13
13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable. (NLT)
In George Orwell’s novel 1984, we read of the terrifying figure called Big Brother. He is an all-seeing, all-knowing authority figure, the object of fearful allegiance from the people. He has the power to read minds and to punish those whose minds go in the wrong direction. There is no escaping him.
At first glance, our text might appear to put God in this category. Our God knows the thoughts, feelings and actions that no-one else knows. And one day we will have to answer to him. We can’t deny this and it is a warning not to become complacent about the way we live. But two considerations help us derive comfort as well as face up to the obvious challenge of our accountability.
One is that this God who knows my darkest, shameful self also knows my virtues. The one who sees my outward imperfections so obvious to ourselves and others, also sees my genuine desire to do better. The one who knows my failures also grasps my good intentions.
The other is that this God who knows me and will one day judge me is also the God who has provided a Saviour for me. My judge is also my Saviour. The one who has the right to declare me guilty has declared me not guilty. The one who knows all my many and varied sins is the one who has acted to forgive those very sins.
Our God is no fearful Big Brother. He is a wise and compassionate Father.