God is omniscient. He knows everything – all things, all subjects, all thoughts, all words, all languages, all pasts, all futures.
Can we really grasp what this means? God knows everything about everybody and everything. From the movements of distant galaxies to the intimate details of the number of hairs on your head, God knows.
In Romans, Paul describes God by exclaiming: “Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways!” (Romans 11:33)
God cannot be fully known. We cannot fully comprehend him no matter how hard we try. He is beyond our ability to understand. Isaiah 55:9 says, “For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways [God’s ways] are higher than your ways and my thoughts [God’s thoughts] higher than your thoughts.”
We can get glimpses in the Bible of God’s attributes and who he is; however, the incomprehensibility of God is he cannot be fully known.
What does his omniscience mean for us though?
- It means that nothing is going to happen to you that will surprise him.
- It means he will never misread you.
- It means he will never misunderstand you because God knows you better than you know yourself.
- It means you can turn to him at all times because he already knows.
We may not be able to fully comprehend his omniscience, but aren’t you glad that he is?
“O Lord you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord. You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand.” – Psalm 139:1-6
Written by Jennifer Bloxom, contract coordinator for Buckner Children and Family Services.