Attributes of God: All Knowing
Ponder the verses below and consider the implications of our God knowing all things.
“You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O LORD, you know it altogether” (Psalm 139:2-4).
“Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure” (Psalm 147:5).
“The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good” (Proverbs 15:3).
He knows everything: all events, all life past, present and future. He knows all details in the life of every being. The theological term we use for this is omniscience. God is omniscient.
For believers, God’s omniscience should not result in uneasiness but rather in at least two other responses: comfort and adoration. We can be comforted in time of distress or trial, in time of doubt, in time of failure. In each of these instances, He knows. This should have a direct effect on how you and I pray. We should be completely open with Him and be grateful that of all the billions of people on the earth, God knows me and my circumstances yesterday and today, and He knows what is coming tomorrow. He hears my prayer, His Holy Spirit intercedes for me according to His will (Rom. 8:27) and He is working my circumstances for good to conform me to the image of His Son (Rom. 8:28-29).
A second response is adoration. According to Ephesians 1:3-5, we were chosen before the foundation of the world. In love, we are predestined sons through Christ. Amazing! Remember, God knows you and me completely--past, present and future. He knows every sin, fall, backslide, word, action, deed, misdeed, deed not done and word not said. And yet He chose us, went to the cross, took the wrath we deserved and gave us His righteousness, all the while knowing us completely. We should be comforted by God’s intimate knowledge of each of His children and adore Him because only He is God. Only He is omniscient.