“My child would never _______.” Before you fill in the blank, one of three things must be true: 1. You know your kids really, really well; 2. You don’t know your kids as well as you think; 3. You know your kids really well, and are intentionally overlooking their conduct.

A school principle summoned a man with a rebellious child into his office one day after school. A fight had broken out and surveillance video footage proved that the parent’s child was responsible. After watching the replay, the father spoke up and said, “Well, I don’t care what your cameras seem to show. My son would never start a fight. This is ridiculous.”

While the “loving” father may have gotten his son out of his predicament this time, he failed to understand that he had planted seeds of rebellion in the boy’s heart. The day would come when it would all backfire on him.

Children (and parents) need to learn that God sees everything, even when we get away with wrongdoing. The Judge of All the Earth is just and holy, and will not allow sin to go unpunished. We need to develop a healthy fear of Him, because one day we will stand before Him and give an account of everything we have done in this life.

Are you trying to hide something from someone? Perhaps you have been going through the motions at church, only to indulge a secret sin at home. Maybe you have a restless feeling because of something that is hindering your relationship with God and others, but you are unwilling to confess it and settle the matter. God already knows. He’s ready to forgive you, but He will not allow you to experience joy and peace until you acknowledge your guilt. There is nothing under wraps with God. I hope you will realize how His knowledge relates to your life today.

God is the God of truth; and every spiritual quality must live with that holy attribute. — Edwin Holt Hughes

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.