She leant back against a tree trunk, hugging her knees to her chest. She let her head loll back and a tear trickled down her cheek. She stared blankly at the fluttering leaves overhead while a war waged inside her mind. A breeze teased the tips of her hair. She felt so fragile.
I wonder how God feels about my doubts. And Satan… he must be so pleased by these thoughts of mine.
Wait a minute! Hold it right there. Can Satan read our minds?
Listen to the enlightening words prayed by Solomon, a king of Israel known for his wisdom:
[…] Forgive and act; deal with everyone according to all they do since you [God] know their hearts (for you alone know every human heart)
– 1 Kings 8:39
God alone knows every human heart. God alone… At first glance, it might appear that this verse serves only to distinguish God from man. But the word “alone” puts away any doubt that God is set apart as the only one who can literally know what we’re thinking; set apart not only from humankind, but also from angels, demons and… Satan.
What else does the Bible have to say?
You perceive my thoughts from afar. […] Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely.
– Psalm 139:2, 4
There are many verses throughout the Bible that talk about how God knows the human heart and mind; He knows what we’re thinking before we even say it. Jeremiah 17:10 says:
“I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, […]”
– Jeremiah 17:10
And 1 John 3:20 declares:
[…] God is greater than our hearts and he knows everything.
– 1 John 3:20
But what about the devil? What does the God’s Word have to say about him reading our thoughts? Perhaps the Bible’s lack of reference to the topic is one of the biggest indicators that he can’t. Only God is omniscient. Satan cannot read our minds.
What do you think?
Do you agree? Why? Disagree? Why? How do you understand these Bible verses?