God is Omniscient – The Ultimate Know-It-All
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.
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.
Understanding Makes a Difference
Justice fears Abi.
It probably stems from Justice’s first night in our home. Our previous cat, Noir, jumped on his head and attempted to shred his face.
Noir didn’t understand Justice would never hurt her. Now Justice can’t understand Abi won’t hurt him.
So, for the last seven years, Justice squirms away in fear whenever Abi rubs against his legs.
What we know and understand makes a difference.
Understanding God is All-Knowing:
1. Gives Us Perfect Peace in a Fear-Inducing World
Like Noir, this world will shred our face at times. In fact, it already has. But we have nothing to fear with God on our side. He has all the inside information.
The One in charge knows every detail of all that’s going on around the world. And His All-Knowing is combined with His All-Loving, All-Power, and All-Wisdom.
He will give us light to see and understand all we need in His perfect timing.
Our job is to walk in the light He’s already given us, trusting Him for more as we pray and obey.
2. Removes Our Need to Defend Ourselves
We live in a world that’s easily offended. Tolerance no longer means “to disagree without being disagreeable.” Our culture is ready to fight at the smallest slight.
God is our defender. “Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it” (Psalm 37:5)
Rather than putting up fists to fight, kneel down in prayer. Then stand and walk in a manner that reflects the Truth of who Christ is — our All-Knowing defender.
3. Removes our Need to Hide from God
Before we were ever born, God knew everything we’d ever do or say.
Everything you’d say and do. And He still chose to create you.
We never have to hide in shame from God. He knows it all and loves you.
Choose to believe Him and trust in Him rather than run and hide. He’ll give you the power to turn from every hurtful way. His grace is abounding. But it must be received.
4. Gives us Courage to Face Tomorrow
God knows what we can handle.
For He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust.
~ Psalm 103:14 NASB
My friend’s child learned this verse in Sunday School when she was very young. The child then turned around and taught her mom saying, “God knows that we are butt dust.”
Well, I guess that’s a different way of looking at who we truly are!
I’ve heard it said many times that God will never put anything on us we can’t handle, to which I say, “Wrong!”
God will gladly put us into situations beyond our ability to handle, but never beyond His. He knows we need to reach the end of ourselves before we’ll look to Him and trust in Him.
Whenever the fire of your situation feels too hot, remember Jesus is with you just as He was with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego (Daniel 3). He’ll never leave you.
5. Gives Us Strength in Our Oops Moments
We all make mistakes, but God never does. He never says Oops! Not even when He lets us make a mistake.
Or when He lets our child make a mistake. That huge mistake.
Don’t worry or fret. Ask forgiveness if your “mistake” was actually a bad choice, but then walk in the freedom of God’s forgiveness and omniscience.
And if it’s your child, remember, God knows what they did, and He’s more than able to care for them — or deal with them. He loves them even more than you do.
God’s Word on His Omniscience
Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord, Or as His counselor has informed Him? With whom did He consult and who gave Him understanding? And who taught Him in the path of justice and taught Him knowledge And informed Him of the way of understanding?”
(Isaiah 40:13-14 NASB).
“Great is our Lord and abundant in strength; His understanding is infinite.”
(Psalm 147:5 NASB).
“…God is greater than our heart and knows all things.”
(I John 3:20 NASB).
“Even before there is a word on my tongue, Behold, O LORD, You know it all.”
(Psalm 139:4 NASB).
“Would not God find this out? For He knows the secrets of the heart”
(Psalm 44:21 NASB).
“As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever”
(I Chronicles 28:9 NASB).
I’ve only shared a few ways that understanding God is All-knowing makes a difference in our lives today. I’d love to hear your thoughts. Know any other ways? Share in the comments.
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