April 7, 2010

Pondering God VIII: God's Omniscience

Knowledge is one of those unique characteristics that isn’t easily verified. We know an intelligent person when we see and hear them. We know knowledgeableness when it is being demonstrated. It is sort of like spirituality. You know it, you can see it and in some cases you can even feel it but it isn’t really tangible. It is a form of observable intangible. Some people are more knowledgeable (and spiritual) and we can gauge it. How? We need to compare it to the benchmark for intelligence and spirituality which is God Himself.

We know Jesus is/was wise and He is God incarnate. Even non-believers acknowledge that He was a wise sage, wise teacher, wise community organizer or wise whatever. It is the divinity thing and the required obedience that comes with the “wise teacher” part that they don’t care for. Not only does God know everything but everything He knows is perfect and perfectly known. He knows all things that have been and will be. He knows what we will do before we do it and He works through our actions to determine the course of things in our lives and other’s lives. So if God knows everything, there is nothing He can learn nor was there ever. This stands in complete contrast to man.

The sad irony in this lies in the fact that man thinks he knows everything. So much so that we feel that we don’t need God. Yet time after time we with our unsurpassed intelligence (sarcasm intended) get ourselves into situations we cannot get ourselves out of. Who do we usually turn to in these times to help us, to save us from ourselves? Who is it that even non-believers call on even when they don’t believe in Him? God knows when we are going to sin before we sin. It is why He sent the law through Moses. It is why He made obedience so important for us. It is so important He associated obedience to love for Him.

"If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” ~John 14:15

He did this because He knows what’s best for us. It may seem like He is trying to be some cosmic killjoy but what He is really doing is preempting our own stupidity that will hurt or condemned us unless we do what He tells us. We don’t need to know everything, we just need to know who does.

In addtion to God's omniscience it is apropos to speak of His wisdom and His ability to bestow it on His faithful. Wisdom for humans is a form of knowledge that is a “step above”. Wisdom is a preferred type of knowledge that takes time for humans to attain (hard earned) but is inherent in God. The reality is wisdom comes from God as noted in 1 Kings

So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?" The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this. So God said to him, "Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be. ~1 Kings 3:9-12

God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore. ~1 King 4:29

I believe the closer we come to Godly wisdom the more in-line we are with what God wants for us. There is an entire portion of the Bible dedicated to wisdom: Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes & Song of Solomon. Considering how much significance is given to wisdom and how much space is allotted to it in the Word of God we need to assume it is of supreme importance to God in His relationship with us and for our relationship with Him.

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