God is omniscient
From What is God Like? A 21-Day Devotional
Remember trying to get away with something as a kid? Grandma was always quick to say, “I may not know, but God knows.”
At some point, you probably wondered, “Does He know everything?”
The answer is yes, He does. God is omniscient or all-knowing. He has infinite awareness, understanding, and insight.
Psalm 139 starts, “You have searched me Lord, and You know me.” That word “know” in the Hebrew is “yada,” which means to know, to perceive, to recognize, to consider. It appears more than 900 times in the Old Testament.
Psalm 139 reminds us that God knows our words before we speak (Psalm 139:4). God knew us before we were born (Psalm 139:13, Jeremiah 1:5). He knows our hearts, and He knows our concerns (Psalm 139:23, Jeremiah 12:3). He knows everything.
God knows every sinful thought and action I have ever had or will have. That may seem terrifying, but it’s actually freeing. God knows everything you’ve done, yet He still loves you. He still sent His Son to sacrifice for you.
We can never escape God’s attention, so how should we respond? Do we fear? Do we quit?
No! Just as David did, we ask God to search us, to know our hearts, to test us and lead us (Psalm 139:23-24). We respond with praise and gratitude knowing that God who knows everything is guiding us through life.
- How does it make you feel to know that God knows every detail about your life and still loves you?
- When is the last time you asked God to search your heart? Take a few minutes to do that today.
- How can you take action based on what you heard from God or read today?