God’s Attributes: He Knows
This post was written by Mel Lawrenz
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Because God is personal, he is a knowing being. His mind perceives truth and defines truth. He embraces us with a knowledge that is not just stored information in a Super-Divine File, but is an extension of love. His knowledge holds us.
“O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord. You hem me in-behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain“ (Psalm 139:1-5).
Psalm 147:5 says God’s “understanding has no limit.” “Nothing is hidden from God’s sight” (Hebrews 4:13). When you pray, you can be assured that “the Father knows what you need before you ask him” (Matthew 6:8). He knows the number of hairs on your head. He knows you better than you know yourself. God’s omniscience is our comfort.
Because God’s all-knowing character is an extension of his personality, the Bible is not a mystery book of hidden secrets, and ministers of the gospel of Christ are not soothsayers or crystal-ball gazers. This knowledge is about the way things have been, about the way things are, and about the way things will be–as they must–depending on how we respond to God’s direction.
Christianity is not a horoscope with saints names attached. It is a way of life and a view of the world as it was, is, and will be. Many things that God knows remain secrets or mysteries to us. But many other things are uncovered, especially the consequences of the weighty spiritual and moral decisions we make every day.
God knows everything. Only God knows everything. And only God knows everything about us. That should give us healthy fear (respect), and great assurance.
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