Peace in the Omniscient God
“O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it.” Psalm 139:1-6
Do you ever wish you could know the future, like when your washer is going to keep pumping water in for the rinse cycle until it pours out of the top, damaging your new floors (yes, I’ve been there)? Or maybe you wished you knew what your friend was really thinking when you asked what she thought of your new outfit? As much as I wish I could extend my gaze and ears into these situations, I will never be all-knowing.
God is all-knowing, meaning there is nothing He does not know (Isaiah 40:13-14; Romans 11:33-34; Luke 12:7; Psalm 147:4). God isn’t taken by surprise (like I was when I opened the laundry room door and water poured out at my feet). God knows everything about man, down to what we think and what we will do.
Sometimes this is daunting—God knows each of my sins even before I commit them; there is no hiding from Him. But I have learned this truth should not strike fear into my heart but bring immense comfort—my God knows my sins before they happen, and yet He still remains faithful to me.
Knowing even my secret sins no one else can see, He leads me to repentance. Not only does He see my sins, He also sees the silent tears behind closed doors. The grief I cannot express, He knows and understands. Those secrets will not be used against me, but instead He comes near and comforts me. When people know us so intimately, we can feel exposed and fear they may use our pain or past sins against us; but with our omniscient God, we can trust our hearts in His hands.
God, You alone are omniscient. You alone know me so intimately and deeply. You know my sins, and yet You remain faithful. Thank You for Your grace and forgiveness and for wisely planning each of my steps. Amen.
How does God’s omniscience give you peace today?