Wednesday, June 24, 2020

God Knows Everything

One of the things I think about sometimes is the fact that God knows everything. It says it all over the Bible. I John 3:20 blatantly states that God knows all things. And other passages, such as Psalm 139 and Job 38-39, describe in great detail the kind of knowledge and power God has. It’s really amazing. Sometimes I try to imagine what that means so that I can understand it better.

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God knows: the number of hairs on my head and on everyone else’s (Matthew 10:30). That’s just crazy. To know the number of hairs on one person’s head is difficult enough, but on every person’s hair on the globe? Someone could probably make a computer program to calculate, based on the average circumference and density of hair on a person’s head, how many hairs they have. But that wouldn’t be an exact number but an average. Plus, hair falls out every day at random times. But God is saying that He knows, at every moment, the number of hairs on each person’s head. Wow.

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God knows: more than all the most educated professors combined. Imagine the most educated person possible. The person has, not one, but multiple PHD and has studied his area of expertise relentlessly for even fifty years. That person has to have a lot of knowledge, right? But God knows more. For one thing, just about every area of study is incomplete. A scientist can spend decades studying one organ in a person’s body and still have more to discover – and that after reading all the knowledge that has been discovered about it in the past few centuries.

God knows everything that that extremely educated, dedicated scientist knows and all of the things that the person doesn’t know, all the things that haven’t been discovered yet and won’t be for a few more centuries. But that is just one area of study. God knows all of that information in every area of study. Doesn’t that just blow your mind?

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God knows: the parts of the universe we haven’t discovered yet. For instance, God knows everything that lives so deep in the ocean no one has discovered it yet. Truly. Every now and then, we hear a news broadcast that tells that some new sea creature has been found that no one knew existed previously. God knew.

God knows outer space too. He knows what is in black holes, and He has seen galaxies that our best telescopes and space probes aren’t advanced enough to see yet. I wonder if He’s waiting in excitement for when we’ll discover some of those things?

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God knows: the potential uses for everything. This one gets me. It means that, when God created all the plants, animals, minerals, and everything else, he knew every possible use they could be used for. Think medicines – God knows that certain plants with certain bacteria and minerals could be mixed together to create different types of medicine. He knows the same for cosmetics, metals, tools, plant hybrids, electricity, cooking, and the rest. He knows the good things they could be made into, and He knows the bad (which brings up questions we won’t rabbit trail into on this blog post), and He knows the uses we haven’t discovered yet. But to think that God could imagine and plan for all of those things when He spoke them into being in an instant … isn’t that amazing?

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God knows: everyone’s thoughts. This one can be scary, but it’s true (I Chronicles 28:9). It’s all over the Bible that He knows our thoughts, our plans, our intentions, our motivations, and our heart. It’s scary because there are parts of ourselves that we don’t want anyone to know and because, if we’re honest, we know that God thinks a lot of our thoughts are evil. But He still knows it.

On the other hand, those of us who believe in Jesus can be comforted by the fact that God knows our thoughts. Through Jesus, God has washed clean the stain of our evil thoughts and deeds, and so by His death, Jesus calmed God’s anger at us because of our evil. After that, the idea that God knows our thoughts can be comforting. Because God not only de facto knows our thoughts, He wants to know our thoughts and every part about us. He delights in His people (Psalm 44:3). And God knows our hearts so well, He can pray in our stead when we can’t (Romans 8:26-27).

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God knows: everything I haven’t included in this blog post. It’s true. He does. I can write books summarizing what God knows and still not reach the end of it or even realize what the end of God’s knowledge is. God’s knowledge is infinite, covering what is, what was, what could be, what will be. It’s amazing and astounding, and God must have an infinite brain to be able to contain all that information. I can’t even imagine how God holds all that knowledge in his mind at one time. But that’s our God.


And if you’re wondering how you can apply this knowledge, I would suggest two things: Praising God for it. Praising God for who He is is not only good for His sake, it’s good for ours as well. Doing so helps us get our focus off ourselves and to renew our minds, which will ultimately change us into better people (Romans 12:1-2).

And second, consider going to God when you don’t know something. God is the God of all knowledge, and wisdom to know the right thing and do the right thing is something He knows and is more than willing to share (James 1:5). God also knows where everything missing item is. Laugh all you want, but I can’t tell you the number of times that I have lost something and then found it shortly after asking God to help me.

Out of everything I listed, what is most meaningful or amazing to you? Is there something you think about that I didn’t list? Please tell me in the comments or on social media. I’d love to hear your thoughts 😊

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