The Omniscience of God

Psalms 139:1-6 TO THE CHOIRMASTER. A PSALM OF DAVID. 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. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it.

Hebrews 4:13 And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

There is no occurrence that has slipped by God without His knowledge. God knows all things – from the largest animal to the most microscopic virus. There is not one inch upon this earth where something transpires that God does not know. The all-knowing God knows how you boast in Him, the extent to which you boast in Him, and for what reasons you boast in Him. God knows the heart of a person better than the person himself.

Oh, how great it is that the believer can boast in the God who knows all things! For God is never surprised by man’s actions nor earth’s natural disasters. God is not surprised by what may be a mishap to mankind, or something unheard of that man did not know was coming. God’s people have known this about Him throughout time – with Job, David, and Solomon and the writer of Hebrews being key examples. How great it truly is to know every day that your God knows what will happen and for what reason! Every action, every move, deed, decision, every situation that will occur, every person you will meet in a day, every bill you receive…everything up to the car wreck you didn’t see coming, to the child that dies in the womb – things that you still have no answers for – God knows. He alone knows. He knows how it will happen, as well as the reason for it. And you, the believer, can get ready for the unthinkable; you can get ready for the things that you have no clue are about to happen, so when they do, you can scream from the top of your lungs that you want now more than ever to find delight in God at that time. Then, and only then, can you enjoy the fact that God knows all things and the reasons for which all things occur, so that you can love and feel safe in boasting in the all-knowing God, whom you serve.

For the believer to boast in this allows him to enjoy God’s sovereignty. Any hardship in your family, any struggle in your private life, any financial situations – God knows them all. He knew they were going to happen, even how they were going to happen, and the very reason that they happened; and it is certain that it occurred to make Him more glorified through it. Do you, the believer, wish to find your happiness and find your contentment in God and the knowledge that He knows exactly why He has allowed you to go through problems? How often is it when believers come to the valley in life and have no vision? They forget the God that created them and the things around them – who knows everything that happens and ever will happen, for a purpose we may not know. Although believers may not find out what that purpose is at the time, or maybe even years (or ever), they can always know that God is glorified, and can praise Him for all things in which He knows. God’s people must boast in the fact that God allows His people to suffer, so that they can run to Him and find pleasure in Him for knowing all things. How much more honoring it is when His people run to Him in a time of need – the time of doubt – and jump into His arms and rest there knowing that He knows all things. This alone can give you reason and can be the cause of your affection to boast only in Him.

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