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Who Knows?

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.

  • Omniscient
  • Omnipotent
  • Omnipresent

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.

Father, God,

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,

Amen.

 

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A Matter of Perspective

Focus verses: Genesis 45:1-15

The discord between Joseph and his brothers is old news by now. It’s been twenty-some years since they sold him into Egypt. The brothers have had time to see their father’s grief and regret their decision. Joseph has been through enough that he has some perspective on his brothers’ actions as well.

Notice, he says God was in the event when they sold him. He sees the sovereign hand of God in their petty jealousy.

Nothing that happens to us is a surprise to God. Whether good or bad in our eyes, He has known about it from the beginning of time. He is omniscient, knowing everything — past, present and future.

When life seems totally out of control, when circumstances seem dire in the extreme, the knowledge that God is still sovereign and in charge of all that happens can carry us through the most perilous times.

God gave man a free will in the beginning. While He does not will man to do evil, He can take the most heinous of actions and use it to further His own ends. There is no decision or action of man that is irredeemable in His sight.

The knowledge that God can bring ultimate good out of temporal evil can carry you through any tragedy or trial. Just remember, God is in charge.

Father, God,

When life seems to spiral out of control, remind us that You are the author of all things. That while man can be evil and disobedient, nothing is totally irredeemable.

In Jesus’ most precious name.
Amen.