DOES GOD KNOW?

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Does God Know? Does He Know Everything?

What a loaded question! Of course God knows. He knows what I think and what you think. If God has numbered the hairs on my head then of course He knows. In Luke 15:16 we read these words when Jesus was talking to the Pharisees: And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God.” No question about it, God knows. Jesus said that He knows our hearts, meaning that each belief we have and each thought that we think is known by God. We can’t run and we can’t hide. We can’t hold thoughts in our heads and believe that no one knows. God knows. That can be kinda scary. Scary because we don’t like others knowing what we think. We don’t like others knowing why we do things or say what we say. We resist others knowing about what is in our head. We don’t like “thought” police who patrol our mind searching for hate within. I’ve heard people say to me, “You don’t know what I’m thinking.” if I raised the issue of what is going on in their mind. (While trying to help people deal with major issues in life I needed to help them search their mind for thoughts that were not good for them.) Keeping one’s thoughts to self are the last bastion of freedom from being controlled by others. BUT God knows. A logical question to that thought is, “If He knows our thoughts then He can control us.” This is the age old question of “How responsible is man and how sovereign is God?” I’ll let you deal with that idea. I have many ideas about that but I don’t have enough space to deal with them now. Let me just say, “God is absolutely SOVEREIGN over His creation. You can take it from there.

Let me throw in the discussion another thought so here is a question. If you or I know something, I’m talking about knowing and not guessing, will what we know occur? Think carefully about that question. Notice I did not say what we know “might” occur or “may” occur. I said “will” occur. To me that means there is no possibility that it “will not” occur. There is absolute 100% probability that it will occur. By the way those words “possibility” and “probability” get confused in our minds. Possibility merely means it will or will not occur. If we say something is possible then it either can or it cannot. And to the best of my “knowledge” everything is possible. Probability is of great importance when discussing what will occur in the future. Probability is based on the percentage of something occuring. Now back to the question.

If you or I know something (could be anything) that is dependent upon the activity of a living being, will that something occur? Please be very deliberate in your thoughts. Now back to the original heading question. Does God know? Jesus said so and I believe Jesus with every cell in my being. GOD KNOWS. Will what God knows occur?

In Romans 8:28-30 we read:
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;
and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? (NASB)

Paul is talking to the Romans about the Great, Awesome Love of God in Jesus and if we believe and have faith in Him not one single thing can be against us because He is for us. The English word “know” appears in verse 28. This is a good point to talk about what “know” means. Know is connected to the word “knowledge” in our English.

Its roots are in a Greek word, cognition or cognitive, which basically means the process of knowing. The best definition I have ever seen is the one by Jean Piaget. Piaget was, to me, the greatest cognitive psychologist of all times. Here is how he defined knowledge. These are my words which shorten his concept of the cognitive development in children. (He devoted his life to studying how children develop their thinking and knowledge.) My paraphrase statement: “Knowledge is the process of reenacting the original process of knowing.” In simple terms this means experiencing our world and reenacting it as we interact with our world in the future. So just to read a book and puts some facts in our head is not knowledge. Unless we can perform mental acts which result in a behavior that can be viewed or seen we do not have knowledge nor are we knowledgeable.

Can you see where Paul is coming from when he says in verse 28 “we know”? He is not just saying that we have words in our mind. He is saying that we have experienced God’s marvelous grace and love through His Son, Christ Jesus, and KNOW. If we know then it will occur. There is no if, and, or but about Him being for us. There is no way that God will not be for us. There is an absolute 100% certainty. He is for us therefore NOTHING can be against us.

That thought takes my breath away. I become speechless when I think of that. Almighty, Holy, Sovereign, Righteous, Loving, Merciful, Just GOD in JESUS CHRIST is for us and nothing, I mean not one single thing, can be against me. What a feeling of security. No worry is mine. My anxiousness is gone. Jesus, God our savior, is for me. My future is secure. Whatever occurs and by the way things don’t “just happen” all things will be well within me. There is purpose in every thing. So whatever occurs in this life all is well. Not because of self esteem, not because of my knowing about the world, not because of some inate ability, not because I try to live a good life, not because I give to the poor, not because I go to church BUT because CHRIST JESUS is for me. WOW! FIREWORKS GO OFF! Now how can I know that? Think on Romans 8. Digest it. Savor it. Oh how sweet it is. Now what is my responsibility?

What about you? Are all things well with you?

In Him only is life,

Dewey Wise

September 15, 2009

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