Doesn’t each of us cry out in our heart for someone to know the depths of us and still love us? For someone to put sincere effort into knowing and understanding the real “me” – someone who sees the good, the bad, and the ugly and still sticks around? There is Someone Who does just that. Your heavenly Father.
God is Omniscient, which means that He knows everything as it is in its reality. That thought can bring comfort, or cause us to cringe, depending on our relationship with Him. But there’s an intimacy in Omniscience. We all want someone to know us well and love us anyway. God knows us best, and He loves us best. In this, He gives us our heart’s desire.
Psalm 139 paints the portrait of Omniscience. God knows all about us. He knows you, and me, intimately. He knows when we get up, and when we sit down. He knows and understands our thoughts, and He hears what we say. He’s acquainted with all our ways. He knew all about us before we were born. That’s intimacy. The intimacy of Omniscience.
- He knows our heart (1 Samuel 16:17).
- He knows our name (John 10:3).
- He knows our hair count (Matthew 10:30).
- He knows our thoughts (Psalm 94:11), our words (Matthew 12:36&37), and our deeds (Revelation 2:19).
- He has plans for us (Jeremiah 29:11).
- He has good works for us to do that He planned long ago (Ephesians 2:10).
A wonderful and encouraging example of these planned works is given us through Cyrus, the king of Persia, in Isaiah 44 & 45. God names Cyrus and reveals his future work in behalf of God’s people – and Cyrus is not yet born! God even speaks of Cyrus in the past tense, as if the works he’s to do are already accomplished. Not until during Daniel’s time, more than 100 years later, does Cyrus come into position to fulfill the works God had planned for him (Daniel 10:1).
Does your heart long to know more details of the intimacy of Omniscience? Let Him tell you in His Words…
- The Lord orders your steps (Psalm37:23)
- He whispers, “This is the way; walk in it” (Isaiah 30:21).
- He thinks of you (Psalm 8:4), and He gives you sleep (Psalm 4:8).
- He knows exactly your strength against temptation (1Corinthians 10:13).
- He knows of your sins, and, having blotted them out, He remembers them no more (Isaiah 43:25).
- He knows and declares the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:9b&10).
- He knows the weight of the mountains, the measure of heaven, and the amount of water in the oceans (Isaiah 40:12).
- He knows the number and names of the stars (Isaiah 40:26).
- NOTHING is hidden from Him (Jeremiah 16:17).
“Neither is there any creature that is not revealed in His sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him with Whom we have to do” (Hebrews 4:13).
Because God is Omniscient, He knows everything as it is in its reality. Not everything that happens in our world is God’s plan. 9-11 may not have been God’s plan, but He wasn’t caught off-guard when it happened. God knows the end from the beginning, and nothing that occurs causes Him to wring His hands and stagger around heaven wondering how this could have come to be, lamenting that He didn’t know about it ahead of time.
Murders, rapes, disasters, accidents, divorce, disease, and illnesses that occur are not necessarily Gods’ plan. They may come about as a natural result of the fall, or due to man’s choices as a free moral agent. But nothing is hidden from His Omniscience (1Corinthians 4:5). And He has the power to turn deep trial and desperate trouble into our good (Romans (8:28). “The eyes of the Lord run in every place, beholding the evil and the good” (Proverbs 15:3). “His eyes are open upon all the ways of the sons of men, to give every one according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings” (Jeremiah 32:19). Because He is Omniscient, God is able to judge fairly: He knows everything as it is in its reality.
Remember this: there’s intimacy in Omniscience. “God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which you have shown toward His Name…” (Hebrews 6:10). He knows, and He’ll not fail to reward His faithful servants (Matthew 25:21). “Come, see a Man which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?” (John 4:29). There’s intimacy in Omniscience. “His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.”
1 Timothy 1:17