Thursday, November 3, 2011

God Knows Everything?

As I was doing some systematic theology reading yesterday, I spent some time thinking about the omniscience of God.  Does God, in fact, know everything? And if He does, what does that mean for my life and ministry. Here are several verses that consumed my thinking.
"And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give an account." ~ Hebrews 4:13 
"But even the hairs of your head are all numbered." ~ Matthew 10:30 
"O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether . . . Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them." ~ Psalm 139:1-4, 16
Wayne Grudem, in his Systematic Theology, said about God's Omniscience:
"God is always fully aware of everything. If he should wish to tell us the  number of grains of sand on the seashore or the number of stars in the sky, he would not have to count them all quickly like some kind of giant computer, nor would he have to call the number to mind because it was something he had not thought about for a time. Rather, he always knows all things at once. All of these facts and all other things that he knows are always fully present in his consciousness. He does not have to reason to conclusions or ponder carefully before he answers, for he knows the end from the beginning, and he never learns and never forgets anything." (191)
God is all knowing. He is all-seeing. This means there will never be a time that we do anything that He does not know about. He even knows our thoughts and our motives. The intents of our hearts. But this also means that there will never be something that we are going through that He does not know about. There will never be something that takes God by surprise. There will never be a problem that He would not have the answer for it. There will never be a counseling situation where he does not have the information needed. He knows it all.

Since God knows all things, what does that do for your faith?

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