The Attributes of God: The Knowledge of God

“God is omniscient. He knows everything: everything possible, everything actual; all events and all creatures, of the past, the present, and the future.  He is perfectly acquainted with every detail in the life of every being in heaven, in earth and in hell.”  (Pink, p. 21)

“For I know the things that come into your mind, every one of them.” (Ezekiel 11:5)

How do these two truths affect your actions and your view of God?  It should affect us (mankind) a great deal if we contemplated them on a regular basis.  As it is, mankind is separated into two spheres: God’s redeemed children and God’s enemies.  For God’s enemies, these truths are readily rejected and as Pink stated, “Men would strip Deity of His omniscience if they could…”  This is because we’re naturally wired to oppose God in every measure and don’t want to feel the weight of guilt and shame.  But man will never have this “luxury”. Psalm 90:8 says,

 

You have set our sins before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence.

 

Man cannot escape from the knowledge and the all seeing eye of God.  

For the redeemed, Pink said God’s omniscience should bring much comfort. Why?  For the Lord knows all things and has a covenantal love with His children.  When we doubt, He knows and is readily available to assure us. When we are wearied, He knows that we are but dust and strengthens us by His might.  Even when we find it difficult to pray, His omniscience trumps our difficulties. Isaiah 65:24 assures us that:

Before they call I will answer;
    while they are yet speaking I will hear.

 

Another reason the believer can rest in God’s knowledge is because God’s will is not contingent on man or secondary causes. Remember from chapter 2, God decreed all that has happened, what is happening now, and what will happen. The future is not only known by Him, but designed by Him.  Recorded and fulfilled prophecies readily point us to this fact.  We can’t think that future events just happen on their own accord and God simply has knowledge of them. To think that is to reduce the supremacy & sovereignty of God.  Pink logically states, “The cause of all things is the will of God.”  Psalm 33:10-11 says,

10The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing;
   he frustrates the plans of the peoples.
11The counsel of the LORD stands forever,
   the plans of his heart to all generations.
 

This is the grounds of His omniscience! What will be has been from eternity past because the Great I Am is!  

So what should our response be to His perfect knowledge? We should be amazed. We should be humbled. We should worship. We should grow in our confidence and trust.

Pink closes this chapter by saying, “He foresaw my every fall, my every sin, my every backsliding; yet, nevertheless, fixed His heart upon me.”

What love this is! 

Grace & Peace,

d.

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