Published on May 1st, 2013 | by Donovan Westbrooks2
A Knowing God
God knows everything. Not somethings. All things. This is called His omniscience: A high and lofty word formed by two Latin roots that mean “all” and “knowledge” respectively. He sees the good, the bad, the ugly, and all the gradients in between. Nothing ever occurs to Him. He has eternally known the past, the present, and the future.
Knowing the Past
Perhaps you remember those days of fumbling flashcards and monumental dates that had to be memorized. The history of humanity isn’t too much to require a student to recite, is it? Each generation having to memorize more, to sift through more, to recall more. God doesn’t have to deal with any of that. He knows it all perfectly.
Knowing the past, means not only knowing the events that took place, like the building of the Great Wall of China or the fall of Rome. No, he sees the actions of the people too. He sees the motives and the hearts and the thoughts behind it all. Isaiah explains God’s knowledge of the past by calling Him the one “who inhabits eternity” (57:15). All things behind us sits before Him, completely understood, fully recognized and accounted for.
Knowing the Present
Then His knowledge extends to today, this hour, this minute. God knows where you’re sitting as you read this. He sees the external things: your clothes, your hair color, your facial expression. He knows what the weather is currently, what sort of day it is.
And He sees the things no one else may even know exist. He sees the fear behind your masked smile. He knows the pain that is throbbing in your chest. He understands the secret pleasure or suppressed joy that is bubbling in your soul. He knows you at this very moment. And not just some of you. All of you. He see you for exactly who you are. The psalmist says, “The Lord looks down from heaven; he sees all the children of man; from where he sits enthroned he looks out on all the inhabitants of the earth, he who fashions the hearts of them all and observes all their deeds” (33:13-15). He knows you.
Knowing the Future
But that’s not all He knows. His omniscience stretches beyond what history has recorded, farther than what our surroundings tell us about right now. He looks into the future. He sees eternity ahead and understands it. That includes the future of earth, of this nation, of you.
Tomorrow may be the best or worst day of your life. It may even be a normal day where nothing extraordinary happens. Either way, God knows about it. He sees it. He understands.
Having a God who knows all things is amazing. The God we serve isn’t made of wood or stone, which neither see nor comprehend. He sees us and knows us. God’s omniscience ought to be a source of great strength and comfort to us. When no one understands, God does. When you wish someone would recognize you, God does. He knows your needs and your wants and your fears and your pain and your joy and your contentment. And not only does He know, but He also cares.