For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9 (NRSV)
When someone calls you a “know-it-all” they’re usually not being very kind. When God refers to Himself that way…well, His ways and thoughts ARE at a different pay grade.
Omniscience (in God’s case) is not just having all the information that can be gathered as facts. As the Psalmist points out, the sum of God-knowledge is beyond all knowledge; un-understandable.
Great is our Lord, and abundant in power;
God’s knowledge not only sees our steps…
“For his eyes are upon the ways of mortals,
…His knowledge will be the central theme of judgment for where our steps have taken us. We are accountable for our actions and God knows! God knows, indeed!
And before him no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to the eyes of the one to whom we must render an account. Hebrews 4:13 (NRSV)
The “predictive” element in God’s omniscience has always fascinated theologians, philosophers and simple people like me. How can He know what hasn’t even happened?
And yet, so says the Scriptures, He is Alpha and Omega Rev 1:8; beginning and END!
Think Farmer’s Almanac. (You knew I’d get around to the farming metaphor).
Year after year since 1792 this amazing little publication has predicted the weather and probability for crop productivity with an amazing 80% success.
But God’s “success rate” is 100%!
There’s a new fad called “open” theology, which holds God really doesn’t know exactly what is going to happen; it all depends on man’s choices – and then God responds accordingly.
The overwhelming number of references (both Old and New Testament) to God’s ultimate omniscience, make anything less than His ways and thoughts being beyond our comprehension, well….incomprehensible.
“Fail rate” on open theology? 100%.
Remember that sin?
I’m not talking about the word you said when you hit your thumb with the hammer. Or the thought you had when that crazy driver cut you off on I-85. I mean that little secret, deep down that you try to never think about, but it’s there….and it eats you alive when you try to pray…but you’re afraid to bring it up to God, because you might have to give it up?
Remember that one?
Psssst….He already knows. He’s willing to forgive, and help you forsake it; and even forget it! But, it won’t happen until you own it, confess it, and let it go.