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God – The Ultimate Know-It-All (Part 1)

 

Mensa, otherwise known as The Society of Know-It-Alls, admitted little Elise Tan-Roberts into their club in 2009 when she was only 845 days old.

At 2-years old, her IQ was 156, just short of Albert Einstein’s 160. Not too shabby.

She could talk at 5-months old.

She could recite 35 of the world’s capitals at age 2.

Imagine what God’s IQ is if it could be measured?

God is the ultimate Know-It-All. The One and Only.

There’s nothing more comforting than knowing the One in charge of it all knows it all.

But what does it really mean that God is All-Knowing, and what difference does that make in our lives?

Let’s take a look.

God is Omniscient


The $5.00 word for “All-Knowing” is “Omniscient.”

Now we’re all a little smarter, except for those who already knew that.

Being omniscient means that not only does God know everything, He’s always known everything. Perfect knowledge.

It means:

1. God never has to learn anything. 

A friend told me she wouldn’t want to know everything. She said learning is fun. True, learning is great, except for math. But for me, the most fun isn’t in the learning. It’s in having mastered what I studied.

Learning German was fun. Speaking it fluently was fabulous. (“Was” because I’ve forgotten much of it. I’m back in that less-fun learning phase again.)

But even more, the reality is we can’t say knowing it all is less fun that learning. It’s impossible for us to know. We’re not omniscient.  

2. God can’t forget what He knows.

When God says, “I will remember their sins no more” (Hebrews 8:12), He technically does remember. He means He’ll choose not to remember them against us anymore. He’ll treat us as if we’d never sinned.

3. God never needs information. 

Anytime God asks a question in the Bible, it’s always for their benefit (and ours), not His.

When God asked Adam in Genesis 3:9, “Where are you?” He asked because Adam and Eve needed to think about where they were, why they were there, and how they got there. And confess it to God.

The Ultimate, Marvelous, One and Only True Know-It-All


If we combined the intelligence of all the top intellects of the world across all of history and into the future, we still couldn’t touch even the tip of all God knows.

He knows things we don’t know enough to know we could know.

He knows exactly what’s at the bottom of the ocean and beyond Pluto-not-a-planet.

And He knows what’s in each of our hearts.

He knows our deepest desires, darkest secrets, and hidden agendas.

He knows it all. He’s the ultimate, marvelous, one and only true Know-it-All. 


In Part 2, we’ll look at how our understanding that God is All-Knowing makes a difference in our lives today. 


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Don’t Misunderstand the Song What a Beautiful Name — Jesus Doesn’t Need You, But He Wants You

Don't Misunderstand the song "What a Beautiful Name" by Hillsong ~ Jesus Doesn't Need You, But He Wants You (via www.JeanWilund.com)I Misunderstood

The first time I heard What a Beautiful Name by Hillsong I misunderstood.

The song is topping the charts and played in churches around the world — and I’m not saying it’s wrong — but something about it sat wrong with me.

The line about Jesus not wanting heaven without you and me seemed off.

(Believe it or not, due to copyright laws, I’m not allowed to quote the line in the song. Crazy world we live in! But you can read the lyric in the music video below.) 

That line bothered me only because it could be misunderstood.

It sounded to me like the song was saying:

Jesus didn’t want Heaven if we couldn’t be in it.

It wasn’t complete without us.

He needed us so He came down to get us.

Doesn’t that sound sweet? Don’t you feel loved?

Except, No!

And I hope I’m right here, the songwriter didn’t mean that.

Surely, he meant:

Jesus didn’t want us to miss out on His perfect and complete Heaven.

We need Him so He came down to make a way for us to join Him there.

Don’t misunderstand. Jesus doesn’t need us. At all. But He wants us.

Now that should make you feel loved.


Jesus Doesn’t Need You, But He Wants You

Jesus isn’t Jerry McGuire coming for his bride. We don’t complete Him.

He’s complete already — self-sufficient, lacking nothing.

He doesn’t even need our friendship.

From eternity past, Jesus has lived in perfect relationship with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit.

He wasn’t lonely and looking for love. He’s always been perfect and complete. 


Why Didn’t Jesus Want Heaven Without us?

Jesus doesn’t need heaven with us. He simply wants heaven with us.

It’s the same reason why He created us.

You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for you have created all things, and for your pleasure they are and were created.
~ Revelation 4:11

Jesus doesn’t need you. But He wants you. 

The next time you feel less than lovable, remember the One who doesn’t need you, created you, and He loves you.

Yes, you’re going to act unlovable at times. Welcome to the human race.

But don’t misunderstand: You may act unlovable at times, but you will never be unlovable. 

Jesus proved it by coming down for you so that He can have heaven with you, not without you.

Keep that perspective in mind as you listen to the music video What a Beautiful Name by Hillsong: [Read more…]

Life Is Either a Daring Adventure Or Nothing At All ~ Take It On!

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. Trust God and take it on. (Ephesians 3:20) via www.Jeanwilund.com

No Fear

The bodyboarder on the island of Kauai had no fear — or perhaps no sense.

He crouched on the beach and studied the waves.

Ignoring ones reasonable men would choose, he waited on the ridiculous waves. Waves that would tower over his head and possess the power to crush him.

Only then did he charge. Straight into them. Fearless.

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.
-Helen Keller

Some of us stand before crushing waves and see terror. Others see a daring adventure.

As a staunch member of the former crowd, I snapped the bodyboarder’s picture from the safety of shore.

In fact, I took all the pictures in this post from the safe sidelines.

Particularly at the Pipe Masters Tournament.

Pipe Master Surfer -- Life Is Either a Daring Adventure Or Nothing At All ~ Take It On! via www.jeanwilund.comI had a blast taking their photos, but I suspect they had more fun.


What if I Couldn’t Fail?

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