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is hidden from his sight, but all are naked   do not pronounce judgment before the
        and exposed to the eyes of him to whom   time, before the Lord comes, who will
        we must give account” (Heb 4:13). David   bring to light the things now hidden in
        understood this when he said, “O LORD,   darkness and will disclose the purposes
        you have searched me and known me!    of the heart. Then each one will receive
        You know when I sit down and when I   his commendation from God” (1Co 4:5).
        rise up; you discern my thoughts from   The third implication of God’s
        afar” (Psa 139:1-2).                  omniscience is that we can have an open
          In summary, the Scriptures reveal that   and transparent relationship with Him.
        God has complete omniscience of every   God knows our deepest desires, our
        detail within His universe. He knows   weaknesses, our failures and our sins.
        every object, creature, event, action,   Yet God loves us anyway and wants a
        thought and motivation in the universe –   relationship with us. “But if anyone loves
        whether existing, future or even potential.   God, he is known by God” (1Co 8:3). Far
        His knowledge is infinite (Psa 147:5); it   from causing us to shrink back from God,
        is unlearned (Rom 11:34) and therefore   an understanding of His omniscience frees
        intrinsic to His nature.              us to deepen our relationship with Him.
        Implications of God’s                 David, in Psalm 139, after contemplating
                                              the omniscience of God, said, “Search
        Omniscience                           me, O God, and know my heart! Try me

          What conclusions can we draw from   and know my thoughts!” (Psa 139:23).
        the truth that God is omniscient? Our   Peter, too, understood in the wake of his
        first response should be worship and   own failure that Christ’s omniscience was
        awe. God’s omniscience is beyond human   something to rest upon: “Lord, you know
        understanding. Like Paul, we should   everything; you know that I love you”
        respond with wonder and praise – “Oh,   (Joh 21:17).
        the depth of the riches and wisdom and   Finally, God’s omniscience should be
        knowledge of God! How unsearchable    a source of great comfort to the believer.
        are his judgments and how inscrutable   God is fully aware of every event in our
        his ways!” (Rom 11:33).               lives. God is never caught off guard
          Secondly, God’s omniscience assures us   by our failures or wrong decisions. He
        that God’s justice will be thorough and   knows every potential outcome of every
        universal. No sin or wrong deed or evil   decision we make. Because of that, He
        action will escape His notice. Evil men,   is able to guide and direct our lives. He
        like Hitler, may escape human justice but   knows  our needs, concerns and fears.
        they will never escape God’s justice. For   Jesus said, “Your Father knows what you
        the unsaved, God’s omniscience should   need before you ask him” (Mat 6:8). Hagar,
        bring fear and repentance toward a God   pregnant, alone, outcast and despairing of
        who will hold them fully accountable. For   life itself, was the first to proclaim God’s
        the Christian, whose sins are forgiven in   omniscience. She discovered that God
        Christ, this truth should bring soberness   saw her plight and said, “You are a God of
        and seriousness  to  our  lives  as  every   seeing” (Gen 16:13). We also can be certain
        action and motive will be evaluated   that an omniscient God knows us completely
        by the Lord at His coming. “Therefore   and is able to meet every need.

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