Talk no more so very proudly, let not arrogance come from your mouth; for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed. (1 Samuel 2:3)
When was the last time you thought about what you do not know? I mean, when did you really spend some time considering all the things about which you have absolutely no understanding ? Here is what I came up with in just a few moments this morning:
I don’t know why I do the things I do. . . . I don’t know if I will take my next breath. . . . I don’t know why I go from happy to sad in a moment’s notice. . . . I don’t know the number of hairs on my head. . . . I don’t know the motivations of my heart. . . . I don’t know how all four of my children can be so different. . . . I don’t know what tomorrow will bring or if tomorrow will come. . . . I don’t know why God loves me when I am often so unlovable. . . . I don’t know how my brain works or why my body aches so much.
Of course, this list only scratches the surface of all the things I don’t know. And if I ever took the time to write an exhaustive list, when I came to the end of it, there would be countless things not listed that I don’t know, simply because I don’t know that I don’t know them! I suppose it could depressing to consider all that I don’t know, except for the fact that I know the One who knows everything . . . and that is enough to know!
God knows everything. We call that attribute of God omniscience. God is all-knowing; He has perfect knowledge of all things at all times in all places, all at once. God knows the beginning from the end and every point in between. He never learns anything and He has not forgotten anything. God never has to reason things out and He never discovers anything. God’s knowledge is absolute and unacquired. As the psalmist said, “Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; his understanding is infinite” (Psalm 147:5). There are no gaps in His knowledge and no flaws in His wisdom.
If I know that God knows everything, why would I ever fret about anything? Well . . . it’s because I am prone to forgetting this truth of cosmic comfort. Some things that happen in my life surprise me, but they never surprise God. Other things perplex me, but they never perplex God. He is not anxiously pacing the halls of heaven, wondering what I might do next. The good news of the Gospel allows me to rest in Him, knowing that He has everything under control and is working all things together to accomplish two profound purposes – His glory and my eternal good. And that is enough to know!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!