The Ultimate Know-It-All (Part 2) — How Understanding God’s Omniscience Makes A Difference Today

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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.

In Part 1, we looked at what it means that God is All-Knowing. Today, we’ll consider how understanding that makes a difference in our lives today. 


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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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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God is Sovereign – What That Means & Why We Care

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God is Sovereign


If God isn’t sovereign over all, He isn’t sovereign at all.

I’m clearly not God because no matter how I try, I’m not sovereign over anything. At all.

I might determine to simply walk across the room, but any number of scenarios could stop me.

I could trip and knock myself out.

I could get distracted on my side of the room by a slice of blueberry lemon cake and a cup of coffee. The cup of coffee by itself would do it.

A tornado could rip through my house and send me into my neighbor’s kitchen.

I should be able to walk across the room unimpeded, but I can’t guarantee it because I’m not sovereign, but God is.

What Does Sovereign Mean?


God’s sovereignty means that He can do whatever He wants with whoever or whatever He wants for whatever purpose He wants.

It means God is absolutely free and completely able to do all that He determines to do.

That might be a terrifying thought if God’s sovereignty weren’t equaled by His perfect love.

The truth of God’s sovereignty allows us to rest in Him and His will without worrying. 

Sovereignty vs Supremacy


God’s sovereignty sounds like His supremacy, but they’re not the same. They’re more like siblings than twins.

God’s supremacy says there’s no one above Him.

His sovereignty says no one can act apart from His permission. (Lamentations 3:37)

Knowing God is Sovereign Makes a Difference in Us


God is Sovereign - What That Means & Why We Care (via www.JeanWilund.com)Everyday circumstances happen we can’t control.

If those things hurt, we want to know God has a plan for it.

If they devastate us, we need to know He has a perfect plan for it.

When a child is murdered, we need to know Satan didn’t steal that child away from God. We need to know it 100%, or we’ll struggle for the rest of our days.

If absolutely nothing can happen apart from God stepping aside to allow it, then we can rest in the knowledge — even while grieving and mourning the heart-wrenching loss — that God chose to allow it for a good purpose we may never understand on this side of heaven, but we can trust Him.

Knowing and trusting God’s sovereignty gives us peace even in the midst of devastating pain.

It also comforts and empowers us when we have difficult decisions to make. We can seek His will in every matter before us and be confident that He is able to accomplish whatever He chooses.

God’s Sovereignty Versus Our Free Will


I once lost a volunteer position I loved and felt I’d handled faithfully for over two years. But the board decided to let someone else handle the position.

My heart — and let’s be honest, my pride — hurt. But then God’s sovereignty reminded me if God wanted me in that position, they couldn’t remove me from it. And if He didn’t want me in the position, not even they could keep me there.

I knew God had a plan for them and for me that called for me to let go of something I’d loved and trust Him for something new.

And I found Him faithful. Imagine that.

Please understand, however, that God will often allow us to make decisions against His perfect will. He has a plan even for those bad decisions. But if our free-will choices would interfere with His ultimate plan or purposes, He’ll interfere with our choice.

As horrible as the death and destruction of 911 was, it would’ve been much worse if God hadn’t interfered. Satan didn’t want survivors. Neither did the terrorists. 

How do we handle all the loss of all the other lives? By remembering God’s perfect love and wisdom. By trusting His character.

We Want to Be Sovereign Too


Knowing and being grateful that God is sovereign, doesn’t stop us from wanting to be sovereign, too.

Both Christians and non-Christians want to be sovereign. Even when we don’t believe that’s our desire, deep down it is. It’s just the nature of our sin nature. 

Psalm 1:3 - He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers.If we don’t accept that ugly truth, or we’re unaware of the inner struggle, we’ll continue to fight and lose. We’ll live a frustrated, exhausting yo-yo life. 

The roots of our faith will be too shallow to hold us in the storm. 

If we accept the truth of our sovereign-envy, we’ll keep our radar up.

We’ll pay attention to the inner battle and determine to ignore the pull to fight God for sovereignty and choose to trust Him instead.

Like oak trees with deep roots, we’ll feel the storm but it won’t uproot us.

We’ll remain rock solid, ruled by peace not panic.

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God’s Word on His Sovereignty


Who is there who speaks and it comes to pass, Unless the Lord has commanded it?
(Lamentations 3:37)

All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him:
“What have you done?”

(Daniel 4:35)

Whatever the LORD pleases, He does, In heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deeps.
(Psalm 135:6)

But our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases.
(Psalm 115:3)

“I know that You can do all things, And that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.”
(Job 42:2)




The Never-Ending, Ever-Growing List of the Character Traits of God

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“Once upon an always there was God.”

   ~ Brittany Wilund, age 12

That, my friends, is probably the best way to introduce this never-ending, ever-growing list of the character traits of God: From eternity to eternity God was, is, and always will be.

And we need to know Him.

And we all will. But the sooner the better. Much better.

Since we never really know someone apart from knowing their character, we need to know God’s character.

In fact, we need to train ourselves to intentionally remember God’s character if we’re going to trust Him before the moment we desperately need to trust Him crashes down on us. 

But we can’t remember what we don’t know. 

I learned that in school. My test grades proved the theory.

How would you like THE complete, exhaustive list of every single character trait of God? I would, but who could do that?

If God were small enough to be fully known,

He wouldn’t be big enough to be God.

~Author unknown

I can’t publish THE complete list, so I’m doing the next best thing. I’m sharing The Never-Ending, Ever-Growing List of the Character Traits of God. 

Let’s get started with our first character trait — the first of many more to come in future blog posts:


The Never-Ending, Ever-Growing List

of the Character Traits of God


From the Never-ending, Ever-growing List of the Character Traits of God. God is Eternal (www.JeanWilund.com)1. GOD IS ETERNAL


You’ve heard it said, “Nothing lasts forever.”

Well, that’s not quite true.

Three things last forever:

God,

His Word, 

and People.


God

God has always existed. There was never a time when He didn’t exist. 

He wasn’t born. He wasn’t created. 

He is, He has always been, and He will always continue to be.

He’s eternal.

“Before the mountains were born Or You gave birth to the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God” (Psalm 90:2 NASB).


God’s Word

God’s Word is God, so it’s only logical that it will last forever. 

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1 ESV). 

“The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever” (Isaiah 40:8 NASB).


People

We are not God.

I know. I forget that at times, too.

We aren’t God, but He created us to be eternal. 

Our present lives on earth won’t last — we can thank sin and death for that — but our souls will.

Where, though, is up to us.

God has offered eternity in heaven with Him through faith in His Son. It’s an extravagant offer, but it comes with a time limit. The offer expires when we do.

Those who choose No to God’s offer will spend their eternity separated from Him in hell. It’s a horrible reality, but we can avoid it by God’s grace through faith in Christ. 

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16 NASB). 

“These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life” (Matthew 25:46 NASB).


Knowing God is Eternal makes a difference in us today

Knowing God is eternal helps us live today.

We don’t have to scramble to “have it all” here because we’re spending eternity there.

It’s a little like slaving in a kitchen for hours to prepare a meal that everyone eats in 15 minutes. 

Here and now isn’t the main event. It’s more like the pre-show appetizer — and where you pick up your pass to the main event and invite others to join you. 

God works each day with eternity in mind.

But we have now in mind. We want God to fix our problems now.

We want Him to fix this world NOW.

Or do we? 

If we knew what God knows about yesterday, today, or forever, we’d time everything exactly as He has.

So, maybe we don’t really want Him to fix everything on our timetable or in our way.

Think George Bailey in It’s A Wonderful Life. When he got what he thought he wanted, he realized he didn’t really want what he wanted after all. 

Instead, what we really want in our deepest heart is to learn to trust and rest in God’s eternal perspective and plan. 

Knowing God is eternal helps us enjoy today without fear for tomorrow because — speaking of old movies — in the words of Gone with the Wind’s Scarlett O’Hara:

Tomorrow is another day!

Unless today was your last day. Then tomorrow is your first step into eternity, and thus, still actually “another day.” 

Just make sure you don’t wait to accept God’s offer before it expires. It determines how great or horrifying your first day in eternity — and every day afterward — will be.


Evidence of God’s Character:

“For thus says the high and exalted One Who lives forever” (Isaiah 57:15a NASB).

“Before the mountains were born Or You gave birth to the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God” (Psalm 90:2 NASB).

“Remember the former things long past, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying, ‘My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’” (Isaiah 46:9,10 NASB).

“And God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM’” (Exodus 3:14 NASB).


Our never-ending, ever-growing list of the character traits of God is just beginning. Look for the next in the long list soon.

How has knowing God is eternal made a difference in your life? Leave a comment below. Thanks!


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Train in the Calm Before the Storm so You’ll Be Calm in the Storm (Training — Part 2)

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Are You Ready?

The best time to prepare for a storm is before it hits.

Duh.

We empty the grocery store shelves of bread and water at the first report of a major storm whether we already have four cases of water and twelve loaves of bread at home or not.

We’re trained to do it.

We train for the occasional, physical storms. But what about the mental and emotional storms?

When the ring of a phone can change your life, you need to be prepared before you answer it.

We need our souls stocked with enough bread and water to sustain us during the worst of storms.

The emergency supplies our soul needs is the power and comfort of — and the belief in — the full Character of God.

Knowing the full character of God is even better than knowing karate.

My son is a black belt in Aikido — a form of martial arts focused on stopping attackers in their tracks.

If someone pointed a gun at his head, his heart rate would rise, but his training would kick in. He’d grab the gun with a swift Aikido technique and disarm the gunman.

If a gun were aimed at my head, my heart rate would shoot through the roof. I’d either freeze or faint dead away. 

But, if I knew the gun was unloaded, I’d be better able to control my heart rate and think. 

Knowing and believing in the character of God in the midst of a storm is like knowing the gun is unloaded.

A gun at my head, loaded or unloaded, is going to unnerve me. But knowing it’s unloaded makes a big difference.

Being in the midst of a storm will unnerve us. But knowing God’s character in the storm makes a huge difference.

Unfortunately, panic can cause us to forget even the basics, like our name.

How can we expect to remember God’s character in a storm if we can’t even remember our own name? 

Training.

Train in the Calm Before the Storm so You’ll be Calm In the Storm

Tennis isn’t a storm — although the guy on the other court, who wound up with a bloody nose when my husband Larry shanked his backhand, may disagree — but the principle of training is the same.

When Larry began coaching me on correct form, he gave me a million directions to memorize. Per shot.

Bend your knees…step into the ball…weight forward…racket head up…make sure your grip is right…bring your racket back but not too far back…swing low to high…follow through…keep your eye on the ball…catch the ball on the rise…plant your feet before you hit…get back to the center of the court after you hit…blah blah blah…

Those directions didn’t even include strategy for winning the point. They were merely how to get the ball back over the net.

Before the training became ingrained, whenever I played a match, I defaulted back to merely whacking the ball as best I could.

Little by little, practice after practice, the training finally sunk in.

Eventually, I surprised myself.

I began to naturally catch the ball on the rise and swing low to high.

I became instantly aware when my weight was on my back foot instead of my front because it now felt instinctively wrong.

I now stood at the net, hungry for my opponent to hit toward me rather than terrified. 

Hours of practice when nothing was on the line made all the difference on how I performed when it mattered.

Practice intentionally remembering God’s character every day when nothing is on the line.

When you’re late to work and the driver in front of you is sitting at the green light too long, think, “It’s training time.”

Actively choose to remember the character traits of God that would help calm your spirit and give you the patience you’d need if you’d just been in a wreck.

When your friend is crunching on ice, and they’re on your last nerve, think, “It’s training time.”

What character traits of God would best help you overcome feelings of rage and generate patience, peace, and forgiveness if someone were verbally attacking you or someone you love?

When your child calls you on the phone, tell yourself, “It’s training time.”

Choose to remember the powerful aspects of God’s nature that would hold you strong if your child were calling you from the back of a police car.

Train When It Doesn’t Matter, Because One Day It Will

Know the Character of God: Train in the Calm Before the Storm so You'll Be Calm In the Storm via www.JeanWilund.comDuring the Clemson–Louisville football game last Saturday, I texted one of my best friends and fellow passionate Clemson fans.

We didn’t talk about the plays or the score. We talked about God’s purposes, will, and goodness.

We weren’t being super-spiritual. We were super-freaked out over the game.

Clemson’s win came down to the final few seconds and one yard.

We were training ourselves.

Whether Clemson won or not, wouldn’t change our lives, but our emotions acted like it was life or death.

We took advantage of that training time.

We reminded each other of the character traits of God we needed, not only to get through the game without ripping our hair out but also for when some storm may rip our hearts out.

When It’s Game Time

One evening my friend got a phone call, and it was game time.

One of her sons was in the Emergency Room two states away.

In that moment, she didn’t rise to the occasion. She fell back to the level of her training.

She remembered the goodness and faithfulness of her sovereign God.

She remembered that while she was far away from her son, God was near.

She remembered that God knows all things and does all things well.

And she remembered that He answers prayer.

Her son’s condition scared her. A lot.

But because she’d trained herself when life was smooth to remember God’s character and trust in it when life exploded, she was able to push away the panic and experience peace.

We don’t know what tomorrow will hold, but we can train for it today.

A storm is coming. How ready you are to face it will be determined by how well you’ve trained.

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you.
~ Isaiah 26:3

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In my next post, we’ll look at the character traits of God we need to know and believe.