THE OMNISCIENT GOD
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
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“Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.” Hebrews 4:13

Not only is God all-powerful, but He is also all-knowing. God’s omniscience means there is no limit to His knowledge. God knows everything happening in the world at any given time, everything that has happened and ever will happen. And He knows the thoughts of every creature on earth. “Before a word is on my tongue,” David writes, “you, LORD, know it completely” (Psalm 139:4). There is nothing that is hidden from God.

This can be both intimidating and relieving. Many of us, especially before we came to know Christ, might not like that God knows our every thought. There may be sins or secrets we want to keep hidden, and the idea that God knows these can interfere with our willingness to trust Him. But God’s knowledge of our thoughts and actions is what convicts us in the first place, and brings us to acknowledging our sin and seeking forgiveness. In His omniscience, God not only forgives us, but He sympathizes, comforts and provides a way out.

Some say God’s omniscience makes prayer pointless. These people wonder what we hope to accomplish by praying to a God who already knows everything. To their minds, it is not as if God is only made aware of a sick relative or a war torn country when we lift these things up to Him in prayer. Since God truly does know everything, they assume God has already decided how He will handle any given situation. What, then, is the point of interceding for people or events? Why not just pray, “Lord, your will be done in everything everywhere?”

Prayer is what opens the lines of communication and gives God access into our lives and circumstances. It deepens our dependence on Him as well as our relationship with Him. Prayer is a means of God turning our perspective into His perspective, and aligning our will with His will. He wants to hear from us and to make our requests known to Him, so that we realize it is God at work in our lives when things begin to change.

It is essential we come before God from a position of humility, while recognizing His absolute sovereignty over all things. He may not provide the answers we are looking for, nor may His answers come as quickly as we would like, but God works in His timing. He knows our struggles, our fears and our expectations, and when we come with a humbled, repentant heart, willing to trust what He knows, we can be assured that God will act.

PRAYER: Forgive me, Lord, for thinking I know better than You at times. I trust in You and Your complete knowledge and ask that You deepen my dependence on You. Thank You, Lord.


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