Omniscience of God by Loretta Mach
A little over a week ago I showed up at our pediatricians office to have my 8
and 10 year olds well checks done. My husband took off work and met me
there to help out with our 3 year old. We had waited several minutes,
provided insurance information, and were watching cartoons on the
t.v. when the receptionist called me over. She said she did
not have us down for an appt. that day. I was dumbfounded. I asked
could it be that my appt. is next week. She looked on her computer screen
and verified that I was in fact a week early to the appt. When I got home
I checked my calendar and found that I had written the appt. day down correctly
but had forgotten it was the 21st
and not the 14th
Have you ever had something like that happen to you? Have you remembering
things incorrectly or not remembering them at all?
hard to keep track of all the information we need to remember. Did you
know that we forget 95% of what we hear after 72 hours. Id like to
illustrate how limited our knowledge is by giving you a little quiz. Ill
give you a series of letters and number, and ask you to remember and repeat
them after a few seconds. (No writing anything down now)
go slowly: W P C 4 F T G IO C W T 6 5
can anyone here repeat the twelve letters and numbers I just gave you?
tell us that at a given time, we are only able to load and store seven items in
our memory, give or take a few. Would you agree that a memory capacity of
5 to 9 items is a very limited memory capacity indeed!
in the Information Age and jobs are based on what you know. In the
Industrial Age jobs were based on building things. The more
you know the better your position will be. How do we see the quest for
knowledge played out in our every day lives?
a young child, one of the first songs we learn is our A-B-Cs. We get in school and we have programs such
as TAG- Talented and Gifted. We strive for good report cards, good TAAS
and SAT scores; we strive for the prestigious position of valedictorian or
salutatorian. If we go off to college we press on towards the
various degrees- Associates, Bachelors, Masters, and even Doctorates
(like our pastor). Tune into the TV and watch Wheel of Fortune
. Board Games such as
Trivial Pursuit increase our knowledge. We open the paper every morning
and read the headlines and theres the NY crossword puzzle, word jumbles
all these activities that help measure our knowledge or increase it, no single
person is capable of knowing even a small percentage of all there is to know
. Ralph Waldo Emerson said that if a man were to start reading the books
in the British Library on the day he was born and read day and night for
seventy years, without taking time to eat or sleep, he would only be able to
read a small section of the books in that collection..
are often forced to rely on someone elses knowledge. For instance, there
are several people we have to trust our car with. Weve trusted the
assembly workers to build it and the mechanics to fix it. We trust the
gas stations that they have the right feul to keep our car running. When you
get a prescription filled, you depend on the fact that the pharmacist knows
what he/shes doing and that they dont confuse medicines. When we get on
an airplane we trust the pilot knows how to fly a plane. We bank our
lives on other peoples knowledge, because ours is so limited. This
is where God comes in.
Knows All Things. He is omniscient* .
Omniscience is infinite knowledge. It come from the Latin words omnis
meaning all and scientia meaning knowledge. All knowledge; He
possess all knowledge. There is absolutely nothing that God does not
know. There is no database or library outside of Gods knowledge and he
never has to rely on anyone else but himself for knowledge.
like to tell you four things about Gods omniscience. Gods omniscience
is unlearned, its comprehensive, its instantaneous, and it is personal
The first thing is that Gods omniscience is unlearned.. Isaiah tells
us in Chapter 46 verse 13 who has understood the mind of the LORD, or
instructed him as his counselor? Verse 14 says Whom did the LORD
consult to enlighten him, and who taught him the right way? Who was it
that taught him knowledge or showed him the path of understanding?
did not need to go to school. He cant learn anything because he already
knows it. Gods knowledge never changes or grows. If God had to
learn something new, it would mean that he wasnt omniscient
147:5 says: Great is our Lord
and mighty in power; His understanding has no limit. Tony Evans writes:
the information in all the libraries of the world all the data on all the
computer chips in the world, including all the chips that have not yet been
made; all of this data, God knows completely right now. Because he is
infinite, His understanding is infinite.
Gods Omniscience is comprehensive- God knows all things actual and possible,
past, present, and future in one eternal act.
we say God knows all things actual it means He knows all things that
exist and all things that happen. His knowledge is complete and certain.
God's knowledge is not like the encyclopedias we purchase.. He needs no
10:29 tells us that God knows when a sparrow falls to the ground. A
preacher once said God is the only one who attends a sparrows funeral.
50:11 says I know every bird in the mountains, and the creatures of the field
are mine. Thats unlimited knowledge to know every living bird and
creature. Psalm 147:4 says that every star in every galaxy has been
numbered and named by God. (He determines the number of the stars and calls
them each by name.)
God is aware of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita. He knew exactly
what route those hurricanes were going to take before land fall. If God
were the local weatherman there would be no weather predictions. They
would all be weather reports and theyd be accurate all the time. Hes
aware how gasoline prices have gone up, what the real estate market is doing,
and what the headlines were in todays paper.
knows all of the past too. Psalm 139 says God knew you in the womb before you
were formed. One thing I think of is that with God you dont have
to fill him in about your life. If youve ever been in
counseling you know that the first visit is basically giving them your
past history. And then if you have to switch counselors you have to
retell your story. With God he already knows. Theres no need to
rehash your history, hes aware of it. He knows you better than you
knows the future. Gods knowledge of the future is as complete as His knowledge
of the past and the present, because the future depends entirely upon Him.
Isaiah 46:9-10 says I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the
end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say:
My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.
15:18 says Known unto God are all His works from the beginning.
God has decreed for the future is certain. You can look at Gods
past record regarding prophecies to see that His word is true. If you
turn to chapter 53 of Isaiah you can see numerous prophecies about Jesus death
that came to pass hundreds of years later. So, there is no need to
consult spiritualists, fortune tellers, horoscopes, because no one can know the
future like God. There is nothing you can do or think that will surprise
God. If you wanted to plan a surprise birthday party for God it
couldnt happen. Hed know about it. God also knows the variables of
situations. He knows the what ifs.
to Jesus words in Matthew 11:21 Woe to you, Korazin! Woe to you,
Bethsaida! If the miracles that were performed in you had been performed
in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and
ashes. So, Jesus knows what wouldve happened if he had performed his
miracles in these cities; they wouldve repented.
2 Kings 13:19 Elisha reveals to King Joash what wouldve happened if he had
struck the ground five or six times. In 1 Samuel 23:11-13 God reveals to
David what would happen if David were to stay in the town of Keilah.
knows about our potential history: what if we had been born at a different
time, at a different place? What if you had married
differently? God know what could have been-a great comfort since we know
that what did happen out of all that could have happened, took place according
to his will.
of the comprehensiveness of Gods omniscience is that God sees all.
Nothing escapes His notice nothing can be hidden or concealed from Him.
Hes invisible to us but we are not so to Him. Lets look at some
examples of this in scripture. God saw Adam and Eve hiding from him in
the garden, he saw Davids adultery and murderous plot, and he was the sole
witness to Abels murder. Jesus saw the religious hypocrisy of the
Pharasees and tore off their masks. Proverbs 15:3 says that
the eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the
good. God knows where missing persons are. Every child or
adult pictured on the fliers we receive in the mail to the highly publicized
case of Natalee Holloway. God is well aware of their whereabouts.
God even knows where small personal items are. About a year and a
half ago I lost my engagement ring. I checked the swimming pools I had
taken my kids. I turned the house upside down looking for that ring. Then
a year later. I was searching for a missing library book. I opened
my night stand and checked under some books. There in the corner was my
beautiful diamond ring. He is the God of lost things. I was thinking the
other day how I , Queen of Lost things am doing this talk on God the
knower of lost things. Ive lost everything from books, car keys,
engagement rings, cell phones, shoes, library books, cordless
telephones, and wallets. In fact, maybe it would be better to list
the things I havent lost. So, this attribute is close to my
heart. John McArthur
didnt like the idea of Gods omniscience as a
child. His parents told him God knows everything he does. Later as he
grew he realized its a benefit. .
fully knows himself. Noone knows themselves completely, except for God.
This is remarkable because Gods own being in infinite or unlimited. It
takes unlimited knowledge to fully know an unlimited being. Paul writes
to the in 1 Corinthians 2:11: For who
among men knows the thought of a man except the mans spirit within him? In the
same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
The third point about Gods omniscience is that it is instantaneous. Have
you ever seen the movie Rain Man starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom
Cruise? Dustin Hoffman plays Raymond, an autistic-savant that can
memorize reams of trivia and add, subtract, multiply, and divide quickly.
There is one scene in the movie where a box of toothpicks is dropped on the
floor. Toothpicks are lying everywhere. Raymond quickly adds
various numbers mentally and comes up with the correct total. With God
there is no hesitation in his knowledge. It is complete. His
knowledge is not acquired through observation or reason. If God wanted to
tell us the number of grains of sand on the beach, he wouldnt have to count
them or call to mind the answer. He knows all things at once. He
doesnt have to reason to conclusions or ponder carefully before
answering. I forget peoples names when I first meet them. Your
name, drivers license number, birthday, anniversary, are all part of
The final point Id like to make about Gods omniscience is that its
knows how much or how little hair you have on your head. (Luke 12:7)
knows your words before you speak them. (Ps 139:4)
knows your thoughts before you think them (Psalm 139:2)
knows your prayers before you pray them (Matthew 6:8)
records every work you say and will some day call you to account for every
careless, thoughtless, unkind, and unchristian comment. (Matthew 12:36)
hears every whispered word and will one day shout them from the housetops (Luke
Knows Your Secrets
16:17 says My eyes are on all their ways they are not hidden from me, nor is
their sin concealed from my eyes. In other words He knows all those
things you were hoping no one would ever know. He knows the things you
have done, the things you have thought, and He knows the true intention of your
a joy to know that God knows all your sin, yet has chosen to forgive you.
you cried recently?
56:8 tells us that God bottles up our tears. He knows every tear youve
shed, every situation that has caused you pain. One of the things
that makes us feel most isolated in life is the feeling that no one
understands. People may be kind and well meaning but they dont really
understand us. But God does.
knows the disappointments.
knows the depth of your loss.
knows about the way others have hurt you.
knows about the times others have betrayed you.
the only one with all the information.
Knows Your service
is the note-taking heavenly observer. He knows about the time you bit
your tongue when you could have contributed to a rumor. He takes notice
every time you greet a stranger or visit a person in the hospital or
prison. Every secret act of character, conviction, and courage has been
observed in living color by our omniscient God.
Knows Our situation
life is like driving in a fog. You can only see so far ahead. We
dont know what is around the next bend. But God does. He knows
where he is taking your life and what it is that He is using you to accomplish
for His purpose. He sees the big picture. He knows the way home no
matter how lost we feel.
remember feeling like I was in a fog and aimless back in 1985. My life
came to a screeching halt when my former husband announced he wanted a
divorce. Divorce? That word wasnt even in my vocabulary. The
more I tried to make it work the harder he pulled away. A woman was
calling the house that he was seeing at the time. He would spend hours
away from the house and return in the morning. Many times he smelled of
perfume. There were lots of tears. Three years later I found
myself divorced after 7 years of marriage. Where was I to go? What
kind of future did I have to look forward to? God knew. It was in the midst of this turmoil God
placed a strong Christian lady in my pathway; a co-worker at Motorola Credit
Union named Shanta. Every day she would hand me a Bible verse printed on
a little piece of paper and say Here Loretta , heres the word for the
day. I had been searching for God for quite sometime before
this. I was baptized in the Methodist church as a baby. I was
confirmed in the Lutheran church as a teen. Then in college I was
discipled to be part of the Catholic Church. But Shanta had
something different that I had never seen upclose before. She had a
personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I remember telling her I want
what you have. Shanta ended up marrying and leaving the credit
union. It was after this that my search intensified and I finally found
God in a small church in south Austin. One of the ladies took me aside
and read me the four spiritual law books. It was then that I opened my
heart and let Jesus in. This all happened in 1985 too. So my
situation didnt improve right away after receiving Christ. But I came to
rely on him and put my trust in him. One of the verses I memorized and
kept dear to my heart was:
29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to
prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Knows Why we suffer
is not for nothing. God allows the hurts and pains for a reason.
Often we arent able to understand many of these things; we cant see what is
beyond this life. God sees the purpose. He is the one who
understands what is baffling to us. God alone has the eternal
perspective. Its like when you have to bring your children in for their
vaccinations. As a parent, you know the reason for those shots.
Youre preparing your child to survive in a world of disease. You
willingly bring your child to the Doctor who will inflict the pain and you do
so because you see the big picture.
childs perspective is different. They may feel betrayed or abused. They may wonder if their parent really loves
when we are wounded and feeling the ache of loss or disappointment, we must
remind ourselves that God has an answer to the question why? We may not understand, but that doesnt mean
there is no answer.
Knows what is best.
the summer there are all kinds of camps for children. Many of the camps
feature start athletes. These camps charge the most and fill the
quickest. Why? Because everyone wants to learn from an
expert. If you had the chance to learn from someone who had been a
starter on an NBA championship team, or from someone who was the best
basketball player in the park, which would you rather learn from? Youd
want to learn from the NBA player
If we can see this when it comes to camps why
cant we see it when it comes to life? If we conclude that we know better
than God we are choosing to follow the neighborhood kid rather than the one who
knew exactly what he was doing when he created you. Youre no
accident. This time period you were born in was planned. Nothing
about you is an afterthought. So who will you trust today? Will you
trust in your own knowledge or will you trust in the omniscient one