The Omniscience of God

Greetings everyone! I have concluded my series of prayer letters on “troubles” Christians face in this life. Now, we are going to move on to study some of the attributes of our great God. One thing that has always been an encouragement and comfort to Christians is meditating on the incomparable attributes of the God of the Bible. The first attribute we will study is the omniscience of God. This word describes the reality that God knows everything. Scripture informs us that God’s “understanding is infinite” (Ps. 147:5b). The Lord’s knowledge is immeasurable. Isaiah says, “Do you not know? Have you not heard? Yahweh is the everlasting God, the Creator of the whole earth. He never grows faint or weary; there is no limit to His understanding” (Isa. 40:28).

For close to 2,000 years Christians have been writing and singing songs of praise highlighting the omniscience of God. An example of this is found in Romans, “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and the knowledge of God! How unsearchable His judgments and untraceable His ways” (Rom. 11:33). Scholars says this is likely a part of a First Century A.D. song of praise. The proper response when confronted with the greatness of God is worship. One of the ways we worship is singing praise (Eph. 5:18-21), another is testifying of God’s greatness (Heb. 13:15).

David was amazed by God’s infinite knowledge, “Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I stand up; You understand my thoughts from far away. You observe my travels and my rest; You are aware of all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue, You know all about it, Lord. You have encircled me; You have placed Your hand on me. This extraordinary knowledge is beyond me. It is lofty; I am unable to reach it” (Ps. 139:1–6). The Lord knows our thoughts (v. 2b)! He knows what we are going to say before we speak (v. 4; Matt. 6:8). God had all of our days planned out before He created us (Ps. 139:16b). He sees us wherever we are located (Job 23:10; Ps. 139:3, 15-16a). God knows everything, good and bad (Prov. 15:3; Ps. 90:8).

How does this comfort and encourage us? No matter what, good and bad, God knows exactly what is happening in our lives. None of it catches Him by surprise. God had all of our days planned out before we existed! This deals with God’s omniscience and sovereignty. I want you to think about the fact that God knows what will happen in the future and He controls it. So, even if what happens to us is painful and difficult, God knew about it and allowed it for our spiritual growth and His glory (Rom. 8:28-30). If someone has wronged you, God knows about it. If the offender is a believer, the wrong has been dealt with on the cross. If the person is an unbeliever, the wrong will be dealt with in eternity, while the person spends eternity in hell because of rejecting Christ.

The truth of God’s omniscience is also a motivation to obey God’s commands (1 Pet. 1:13-21). He knows what we are doing or not doing.

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