But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. ~~ I Corinthians 2:9 (KJV)
Omniscient is a wonderful word – one of three omni words used to describe our God.
We’ll look at the others later, but today I want to focus on “omniscient.” This is a compound word made up of a prefix meaning “all” and a verb meaning “to know”. So omniscient is “to know all” – everything. Past, present, future, nothing is hidden from God. He knows it all.
He can know it all because He is infinite. With Him there is no beginning and no end. There just IS.
I don’t remember the comic strip – whether Dennis, the Menace, or Family Circus – that had a Christmas panel. The room is filled with discarded wrapping paper and there is a huge pile of toys in the middle of the floor. The puzzled looking child in the middle of the frame is saying “Is this all there is?”
Sometimes we are like that child. In the middle of the life we are living now, in the midst of the disarray and turmoil, we think “Is this all there is?”
And that answer is “no”. God has more in mind for us than we can ever imagine. It’s said more than once in scripture:
For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him. ~~ Isaiah 64:4 (KJV)
When we focus on this world, we miss the point. This world is NOT the be-all and end-all of everything.
But God is.
When Moses asked God what he should tell the people about who sent him…
And God said unto Moses, I Am That I Am: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you. ~~ Exodus 3:14 (KJV)
I Am – the God who IS. Always present tense. He is yesterday, today, tomorrow, forever. Whatever happens in this life, God is there before us. He has made provision for that moment.
But more importantly, He has made provision for our eternity.
Help us to understand, in so far as we can understand, Your omniscience. Remind us that You know all, that You have provided for all the circumstances in which we find ourselves, and that Your provision is more than sufficient. Help us to expand our understanding so that we may rely on You alone instead of our limited intelligence.
In Jesus’ most precious name,