by Dr. Brad Strait, CCPC Lead Pastor
“How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand…” (Ps. 139:17-18, NIV)
“Your thoughts — how rare, how beautiful! God, I’ll never comprehend them! I couldn’t even begin to count them — any more than I could count the sand of the sea.” (Ps. 139:17-18, Message Version)
Omniscience is the theological term.
It is defined as having infinite awareness, understanding, and insight, having universal and complete knowledge. It is one of the characteristics of God—a part of his eternal nature.
To the human mind, this can be overwhelming. We never know every answer. We never see every outcome. We never understand it all perfectly. How much we misunderstand each other! How little we really know about what’s inside people’s motives. How confused we can become with right and wrong. How far we can get from peace and love and trust. We probe and search, and yet the most important resolutions elude us.
To be human is to be hunting for answers, and never fully getting them.
I am thankful I am not omniscient, and that God is. First, it gives me great opportunity. It allows me to learn and grow. Something new is always ahead, to surprise me, stretch me, amaze me, or test me. Curiosity, imagination, and surprise flow from our NOT knowing everything. Our good God has given us each new day, each new person we meet, as a package to open. Life is an exploration for humanity, a journey of discovery.
Wonder, awe, change, and growth is possible.
Secondly, it makes me feel of great value. God is thinking about us! Right now. His thoughts–holding all things–hold us, and speak of his love for us. Because before time the Lord has always held his people in his thoughts, we have God’s covenant, his faithfulness, and his divine plan. Because the Lord will always think about his people, we have security, perseverance, reunion, and promised rest. And each new day, God knows all about us. Knows us. God has included us in his thoughts, and in his plans. Psalm 139:1-3 declares,
O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You understand my thoughts from afar. You scrutinize my path and my lying down, and are intimately acquainted with all my ways.
Charles Spurgeon writes,
“God is always thinking about us, never turns His mind from us, always has us before His eyes; and this is precisely how we would want it, because it would be dreadful to exist for a moment outside the observation of our heavenly Father. His thoughts are always tender, loving, wise, prudent, and far-reaching…”
Thirdly, God’s omniscience gives me a sense of safety. The thoughts of the Lord encompass us in all our paths—for there is no place he does not know. We cannot stray too far, for “in whatever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart and knows all things” (1 John 3:20). We never meander so distant from his path that his eye does not see us, and his mind does not understand us. He “gets” us. When we weep, he joins with us. When we suffer, he reflects on how he will bring meaning. When we laugh and love, his eyes smile at us. He records all the struggles of his faithful ones in His book. He knows how to get us safely to the best end.
We are completely understood.
Omniscience requires this. Christian, be encouraged. Isaiah 46:10 teaches us, “I am God…declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things which have not been done, saying, ‘My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all My good pleasure.’”
Omniscience. What a wonder. What a blessing! What a God we serve!
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