Let God being all-knowing bring peace

Published 5:33 pm Saturday, January 16, 2016

By Larry Stover
Stover lives in Valley Grande and is pastor at Praise Park Ministries Church of the Nazarene

Have you thought how amazing it is that God knows everything? In theology class we called that “omniscience.” It means that He has complete knowledge of everything. It’s more than He simply has a high I.Q. or can make a perfect score on the ACT or SAT tests. As amazing as it sounds, God knows everything about the past, present, and the future.

It’s easy to understand the idea that God knows all about my past. I can accept the fact that he knows what is happening in my life right now. But, many people struggle with the idea that he also fully understands the future. Imagine where you will be in five, ten, or even 20 years. God’s understanding of where you will be is just as certain to him as where you were ten years ago.

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To help us understand this dynamic power of the Lord, let me sum it up with three thoughts.  There is no questions that can confound him. There is no dilemma that can confuse him.  And, there is no event that can surprise him. Nothing is news to him.

Let me illustrate this with a look at Psalm 139.God knows when I get up or when I sit down (v.2). He knows about every place I go (v.3). It may be a little scary to some, but he also knows every word you are going to say before it is ever spoken (v. 4). You really do matter to God.  The Lord is so involved in your life that He is even concerned about the little things that occur from day to day.

It’s no wonder that he loves you more than you can imagine.

Because God is so intimately acquainted with your life it can be scary as well. He also knows about the secret sin in your life. You may be involved in some activity that you know that would not be approved by God but you keep on doing it anyway.

Have you convinced yourself that no one knows about it but you?

Don’t fret wondering if God is going to find out because He already knows!

Let me illustrate this point. Have you ever did something to your car and were scared to death to let your spouse know about it.

They got home from work and you were all fidgety and avoided much talk because you didn’t want to own up to what happened. After finally getting the nerve to tell them, you discovered that they already knew. Well, God is like that. He already knows what is happening in your life; the good, the bad and the ugly.

By the way, God is not about condemning you. He wants to forgive you and give you a fresh start in life.  He is anxious for you to become the person he wants you to be.

That’s why we believe and teach that God has a wonderful plan for each of our lives. We really begin to live when we discover His purpose and make that our mission in life.

I have some more good news. God also knows about the scars in your life. He knows if you have been hurt by the church or other people. He knows about your depression and shattered self-esteem.  And, most of all, God still loves you.

Realizing that God knows everything about you should give you hope as you let Him help you with what you are facing today.

Allowing Him to remake and mold your future should be exhilarating. Most of all it will make life “Simply Beautiful.”