God is Omniscient – The Ultimate Know-It-All

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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. 


Understanding Makes a Difference

Abi & Justice Our cat, Abi, loves our dog, Justice.

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.

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God’s Word on His Omniscience


Who has directed the Spirit of the LordOr 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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Jesus, The King of Peace. Us, the Donkey?

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Jesus, The King of Peace

The end was near.

Jesus’ ministry on earth was approaching its climax, but the large crowd gathered in Jerusalem for Passover remained unaware.

All they knew was this man called Jesus was coming. 

They hoped He was coming to set them free from the iron rule of Rome.

Crowds lined the streets with palm branches as they would a victorious ruler — a warrior king.

But Jesus rarely did the expected.

He came, not as the conquering king mounted on a warhorse, but riding on the colt of a donkey as the King of Peace.

It appears many felt betrayed that Christ chose to come as the King of Peace because they wound up betraying Him in the end.

Cries of “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel,” would soon be replaced with shouts of “Crucify Him!”

Jesus Christ, as the King of Kings (Revelation 19:16), could’ve rightfully marched into the capital city on a warhorse. 

He could’ve taken His place on any throne in the world, starting with the one in Jerusalem. But by design, He humbly rode in as the King of Peace on a donkey instead.

Us, a Donkey?

Jesus was pleased to ride on this humble beast of peace just as He is pleased for His Spirit to live in all who trust in Him. 

In a sense, the King of Glory has once again humbled Himself to ride a donkey. 

I guess I just called Christians donkeys. 

Calling Christians donkeys sounds worse than it is.

Kings of old traditionally rode donkeys during times of peace. They weren’t despised. They symbolized peace.

But they weren’t handsome warhorses, either. I’d rather see myself as a regal Arabian horse than a round, awkward-looking donkey.

But then again, as Christians with Christ living His life through us (Galatians 2:20), we’re really both.

We possess the strength of a warrior steed (Romans 8:37) with the calling of a peaceful donkey (Hebrews 12:14). 

Christians are Donkey Warriors

Even while seated on a donkey, Jesus never ceased to be the conquering, all-powerful Great I Am. (John 8:58)

Christians are called to be a people of peace through which the Great I Am displays His own glory. 

What donkey could feel degraded when the Great I Am sits upon him?

The warhorse suddenly becomes nothing in the presence of a donkey on which rides the King of Kings. 

It’s Not About the Steed. It’s About the Rider

I don’t want the world to notice me, but Christ in me.

I’m not always a pretty sight, marred by selfishness, anger, and impatience.

But if others see Christ in me, they’ll see the peaceable strength of love, grace, and mercy even in times when those three seem out of place.

Let’s aim to be Donkey Warriors — Christians who exude Christ’s calling of peace with the quiet power of Christ’s Spirit. 

He must increase, but I must decrease.
~John 3:30

If we live like Donkey Warriors, perhaps we’ll hear the same words spoken of our generation as were spoken during the last week of Jesus’ ministry on earth:

 So the Pharisees said to one another, “You see that you are not doing any good; look, the world has gone after Him.”

I can’t think of anything better that could be said about me than that my life made others go after Christ. 

I admit I’ve feared that my life has driven people away from Christ instead of to Him!

Read, Listen, & Reflect

I encourage you to read John 12:12-19 and consider what it would’ve been like as Jesus entered Jerusalem on the donkey while listening to Michael W. Smith’s song “Giving” from his “Freedom” album.

This song seems to fit the somber mood Jesus and the disciples may have felt as He entered Jerusalem in peace.

Then the mood in the music and Jerusalem intensifies as the people worshiped their coming King only to discover He’s not the King of War they want. Instead, He’s the humble King of Peace they need.

How can we reflect Christ’s peace to those around us today?

What can we do today to show the world the King of Peace they so desperately need?

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I hope you’ve been encouraged today, and I hope you’ll join me tomorrow as we move closer and closer to Resurrection Sunday. 

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Hate and Despair Are Never the Answer. Jesus Is.

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I Miss Fluffy Facebook

I never thought I’d miss reading a Facebook post about what someone ate for breakfast or that they’re going to brush their teeth.

But with so much hate and despair spewing out on Facebook and on every place an opinion or thought can be spewed, I long for a mundane post that someone just scooped the poop for their pup.

I miss fluffy posts about kittens.

Society seems intent on ripping itself apart with venomous, hate-filled words and accusations slung far and wide.

Many are ready to declare all hope is gone.

 

Hate and despair are infecting America like a life-stealing cancer, spreading from coast to coast.

I refuse to give in to that mentality.

I choose to smile at the future.

And I can because of one thing — one person — Jesus Christ.

Hate and despair are never the answer. Jesus is. 


When Jesus comes into a life, He changes the heart.

He molds and shapes us into people who want to love, not destroy, others. Even those we disagree with.

And once our hearts look more like Christ’s, our hands and feet move toward healing society rather than ripping it apart.

No matter what political view you hold, Jesus is the answer to our need.

But we’ll never know how He is the answer until we know Him.

We’ll never really know Him until we know Him through His Word.

It’s that simple. But it’s not overnight. So let’s get moving.


I pray this will be the Year of The Word — the Year of Jesus.

I hope this year millions turn to God’s Word to find out just who this Jesus is.

Who is this One who says He’s both God and man?

How can Jesus be the answer to every need — every crisis — every longing?

What hope can He truly offer America? The world?

In a time when people are screaming and calling others hate-filled, disparaging names, my prayer is that we’ll stop long enough to take a deep breath and call out the name of Jesus instead.

That’s when everything will change. That’s where peace is found and every answer revealed.

Hate and despair are never the answer. Jesus is.

Jesus by Chris Tomlin


Chris Tomlin’s song Jesus is the message we need to hear.

It’s the song I wish was stuck in every heart and on every mind in America.

Listen to it here, and then sing it out as a prayer for us all. 

 

If you’re overwhelmed by today’s news reports, don’t give in to despair.

Smile at the future and call out to the One who holds it and you — Jesus. 




“My Story” ~ What if Your Life Could Be An Awfully Big Adventure?

Read 4 epic stories and watch Big Daddy Weave sing "My Story" And then go live your story!

 An Awfully Big Adventure . . .


Wendy: So…your adventures are over.

Peter Pan: Oh, no. To live…to live would be an awfully big adventure.

~ Hook (1991)


Who doesn’t want to live an incredible story? 

Authors will tell you that without conflict, you don’t have a story.

I’ve got some epic ones for you today. 

If it takes conflict to make a story, I guess we’re all living a story because we all face conflict.

Some more than others.

But of course, that just means we all have the chance to live an awfully big adventure. 

Faith makes the difference.

It made a life-changing difference in these lives:

Tragedy to Triumph

Clemson’s co-offensive coordinator Tony Elliot overcame staggering tragedy as a boy, but is now living a story he could never have envisioned.   

When Tony was 4, his parents separated.

He then lived with his mom and little sister on the streets of Los Angeles for a bit.

When he was 9, he was in a car accident with his family. He watched his mother die in the road.

A little while later, Tony and his sister, Brandi, were separated and shipped to the other side of the country to unknown relatives after their father was jailed.

Tony didn’t let despair paralyze him, poverty cripple him, or losing everyone he loved turn him bitter. 

He trusted God instead.

Faith made the difference. 

Tony is now living an awfully big adventure surrounded by family and love in a dream job as the co-offensive coordinator of this year’s National Championship football team.

Go Tigers! 

Listen to Tony share his powerful story.

Disabled to Unstoppable

Nick Vujicic was born without legs or arms. Yes, I said without legs or arms.

He’d never live a “normal” life. Ever.

Nick’s parents refused to treat him as a lost cause.

He struggled, but ultimately refused to let bitterness rule his heart. He let hope rule it instead.

Nick chose to trust God for the grace to live a better story.

Faith  made the difference.

He’s now living an awfully big adventure and filled with love and joy. Without legs or arms. That’s not normal. That’s epic.

Listen to Nick share his miraculous story:

Pastor to World-Changer

Martin Luther King trusted God to write a different story.

Most around him set out to write the story themselves, but no one can out-write God.

He held to God’s Word about life, liberty, and the value of man, and God changed the world through his life and his faith. Even through his tragic death.  

His life and historic speech will never be forgotten. 

Martin Luther King preached love and faith, and his story is still changing to world today. Thank you, Lord, for this humble pastor.

Listen to King’s world-changing speech. In fact, listen to it often!

Little Guy to Big Hero

Clemson’s wide receiver Hunter Renfrow didn’t lose his family and he had all his arms and legs, but he still faced adversity.

All his life he’d been told he was too small to play football in the big leagues. Regardless, Hunter chose to pass up on scholarship money to play at another college so he could take a chance he might get to play for Clemson’s Coach Dabo Swinney.

He walked on to the team his freshman year and put in the hard work.

And he trusted God.

And his moment came in a big way. A movie ending.

With one second left on the clock against Alabama, the undisputed #1 team in the country, Hunter caught the game-winning pass and won the National Championship.

Watch the exciting moment when the “little man” became the big hero.

What a story!

After the game, he said, “My faith in God really got me through.”

Faith Made the Difference

Not every story changes the world, but the story God is writing for you will change you and those around you.

I haven’t faced violent prejudice nor had my life threatened by mobs of haters like Martin Luther King, but I’ve let God teach me to fully forgive those who’ve hurt people I love and me. And my heart is filled with peace.

I haven’t overcome astronomical physical challenges like Nick. But by Christ’s power, presence, and peace, I’ve overcome fears that have paralyzed me. And I feel like a victorious warrior.

I haven’t endured tragedies like Tony suffered, but by Christ’s grace and love, I’ve survived pain and loss that had crippled me. Now I’m thriving. 

I’ve never won a championship or overcome staggering odds, but I’ve trusted God and stepped way out of my comfort zone and have gone further with my writing than I’d imagined I could. And I’m just getting started.

Faith made the difference.

What’s Your Story?

What do you need God to enable you to overcome?

He can.

He will.

Trust Him with your story.

Sometimes God will change our circumstances in dramatic ways. Other times, He’ll simply change us. But, trust me, that’s just as big.

Changing us changes our story, and that can make for an awfully big adventure.

Christ is the greatest Author. He’s writing an awfully big adventure for you, but it takes faith to believe it and live it.

Listen to “My Story” by Big Daddy Weave, and consider your story. It’s not over yet:

Through the power of Jesus Christ, live your story.  

“For nothing will be impossible with God.”
Luke 1:37

What’s your story? Share in the comments. We need to hear.


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Magnify the Name of the Lord to Minimize Your Stress

Magnify the Name of the Lord to Minimize Your Stress and watch Music Video Magnify by Messenger via www.JeanWilund.comOh the Stress!

Every fall I find myself stressed out, and I’ve battled it for too embarrassingly long. I suffer from Competition Stress Anxiety.

I just made that term up, but it sounds about right.

If you’re not into sports, this post is still for you because we all have something in life that stresses us out.

It might be of minor importance like mine, as in the I Just Moved to a New Place and Have to Make New Friends Stress Anxiety or the I Have Too Many Things to Do and No Matter What I Do the List Only Gets Longer Stress Anxiety.

Or it might be quite serious like My Medical Bills are Piling Up With No End in Sight Stress Anxiety or worse I Just Lost My Child And Don’t Think I’ll Ever Be Happy Again Stress Anxiety.

Insert whatever your stressor is into the blank:  ________ Stress Anxiety.

Trying to EnJOY But Can Only EnSTRESS?

Before and during the Clemson vs Louisville game, I felt my stress magnify to the point I nearly gave up football.

Before and during the Clemson vs Florida State game, my stress magnified to the point that even though we won, I did give up football.

For a day. Then reality hit.

My husband and I host football parties every game we’re not attending. We love sports, we love our friends, and we love to combine them.

I’m not going to tell my husband we have to give them up just because I magnify my stress. And I’m not going to hide in my room during the games and ignore our guests.

Besides, I want to be able to watch AND enjoy football.

See the word “joy” tucked in there? It’s not “enSTRESS.” It’s “enJOY.”

Lord, Help Me!

I need help only God can give because this is ridiculous! It’s just football, Jean!

So I prayed. A lot.

I prayed and asked God to help me remember that He is both loving and sovereign, and thus if Clemson loses, it’s ok.

God let Paul get imprisoned. It wasn’t fun, but it was purposeful.  

I prayed for God to remind me He has far greater plans for each of the players than just their win-loss record. It’s ok for them to lose because God will use it.

God let Joseph get sold into slavery by his brothers, but God allowed it because He had plans for Joseph to one day become second in command over Egypt. 

I prayed I wouldn’t lose sight of the fact that it’s just a game, not a real problem. Real problems involve cancer, unemployment, and life or death situations. Not football — unless you make your living playing football.

God led Israel to the Red Sea. He boxed them in with their enemy charging toward them in war chariots, ready to drag them back into slavery. That’s a real problem. That’s serious stress. 

I prayed. A lot.

And I’d have momentary success. Super-sonic fast fleeting success, but not lasting joy.

I’ve Magnified the Forest So Now I Can’t See The Trees

Yes, I know the phrase is “can’t see the forest for the trees,” but in my case, all I could see was the massive forest. I missed the beauty of each individual tree.

I could only see the whole season — we must win every game, especially the National Championship.

I couldn’t enjoy each beautiful tree — every hard-fought, well-earned win.

As I talked about my all-or-nothing mentality with God, I remembered a time years ago when I prayed and prayed for God to remove a negative mindset I couldn’t seem to change.

All day, every day I prayed and asked God to change my thinking to one that encouraged, rather than depressed, me.

I prayed and experienced similar fleeting success as my competition stress anxiety.

Then someone said:

You can’t stop thinking about one thing until you start thinking about something else

All my many prayers about my problem kept my problem on my mind. And that caused my stress to magnify and peace to minimize.

I now knew the solution:

Quit Praying So Much

As crazy as that sounds, I needed to STOP praying all day about my problem. It only increased my stress.

I needed to bring my stress to God once in the morning and then let it go for the rest of the day and then turn my prayers into praise.

It overcame my stress back then. It should overcome my Competition Stress Anxiety too.

No more praying, “God, I know it’s just football, and you’ll use a loss for their good and Your glory. . . Lord, help me to rejoice even if Clemson loses . . . Father, take away my anxious heart about whether we’ll win or not . . .

Instead, praise, “God, you are . . . ” and then let every amazing truth I know about God flood my heart and mind with no mention or even thought of football.

Praise Magnifies the Name of God and Minimizes Stress

Like the Israelites who marched around Jericho once a day and then returned to their camp, we need to march around our problems in prayer once a day, and then return to our day.

When stress is highest, praise needs to be higher.

We must stop worrying and praying about our problems incessantly.

Praise magnifies God’s name. It puts our minds in the right perspective.

The Proof is in the Praise

Magnify the Name of the Lord to Minimize Your Stress and watch Music Video Magnify by Messenger via www.JeanWilund.comI tried my Prayers into Praise strategy at the next game — The Pitt Game! Yes, the game Clemson LOST.

And guess what. It worked!

Each time my stress began to rise, I took a deep breath and began to praise God.

I didn’t praise Him for the Clemson Tigers. Or that He’ll use a loss for good.

I praised Him for being God.

I took my mind off of football and my stress and put it onto God.

I worshiped Him for being loving, powerful, sovereign, and ruler over all. I imagined what it will be like one day when we His people are in heaven worshipping Him in one voice. I let His powerful presence awe me.

As I praised Him in spirit and in truth just for being God, I magnified His name and felt my stress melt away.

It’s like the little minimize button on the computer that takes a big window and makes it small. The potential of losing — my source of stress — was still there but it was so small as to be almost invisible. Until something happened that clicked on the maximize button and my stress began to fill the screen of my mind. But then I praised — not prayed — again.

I praised God a lot during that game.

I was truly sad when we lost, but my stress level never rose near what it had been during the games we won, nor did it stay elevated long.

Try magnifying God’s name next time your stress level rises. Take your mind off your worries and focus on who God is, not what He can do for you.

Magnify by We Are Messengers

Listen to We Are Messengers sing Magnify, and let’s magnify God’s name together.

O magnify the LORD with me, And let us exalt His name together.
~Psalm 34:3

Your turn: What helps you maximize your peace and minimize your stress?

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