Have you ever thought about what God is really like? One of the great truths of the Bible is that we can know God. In fact, God wants you to know Him personally and intimately. The first step toward learning to trust God is developing an understanding of the character and nature of God. The apostle Paul said that the goal of his life was to know Christ and the power of His resurrection. One of the ways which we understand God is in terms of His infinite knowledge of our lives. In the book of Hebrews the writer speaks of the omniscience of God in this manner, “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare to Him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:13). When describing the breadth of the knowledge of God, the psalmist says nothing in creation is hidden from God; “His understanding has no limit” (147:5).
What these verses are talking about, by theologians, is called the omniscience of God: meaning that– God knows everything. The assumption is formed by an understanding of scripture that there is no question He cannot answer, no problem that confuses Him. He’s never surprised. He’s never shocked. He never says, “Oh, really?” God knows everything, but how much is everything and what is the scope of his knowledge?
You don’t know all about yourself. That’s why you have a lot of problems because you don’t know all about yourself. I’m constantly surprising myself with the things I thought I could do that I can’t and by the things I thought I couldn’t do that I can. What happens to us in life is constantly a surprise because we really don’t know as much about ourselves as we think we do. However, God knows Himself and understands that He can do anything because His knowledge is infinite.
He knows about everything He has made. The Bible says that after God had finished making the world, He saw everything He had created and He said, “It is good” (Genesis 1:21). That’s an amazing statement — God saw everything: Every rock, every tree, every blade of grass, every fish, every bird, every animal, every star, every sand pebble. He saw everything. He was totally aware of everything that He created and He said, “It is good.” The Bible says that every time a sparrow falls to earth God notices. So God has infinite and personal knowledge about creation.
The scope of His knowledge encompasses all of history: He knows the past. He knows the present. He knows the future. He knows everything that has happened. He knows everything that is happening right now. He knows everything that will happen. And not only that, He knows everything that could have happened but didn’t and everything that can happen but won’t. He knows the scope of history from beginning to end.
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