If I believe in an Omniscient God, how should it impact my life?
Ryrie explains, “When faced with those inexplicable circumstances in life we invariably take refuge and find solace in the omniscience of God. Not only does He know what actually happened, but He knows what might have happened. He always knows what ultimate good and glory will come from events which we cannot understand.”1
Nothing escapes God’s attention. He knows all the facts.
God knows everything. The Bible says that He even knows the number of hairs on our head (Luke 12:7) and cares for the sparrows.
“From heaven the LORD looks down and sees all mankind; from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth—he who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do” (Psalm 33:13-15).
We cannot hide our sin
When we try to hide our sin, the omniscient God still sees every detail.
“But the LORD said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart’” (1 Samuel 16:7).
God knows the future
“He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit” (Psalm 147:4-5).
God knows our sin, yet still loves us
Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrated his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
God knows our thoughts.
David said, “You have searched me, LORD, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely” (Psalm 139:4).
1 Ryrie, Charles, Basic Theology. (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1986) 40.
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