A Detailed Consideration of God’s Omniscience


     The omniscience (“omni” = “all” + “science” = “knowledge”) of God is not taught in Scripture as some vague, abstract concept.  It is something that is incredibly personal and extremely detailed: “O Lord, You have searched me and known me.  You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off.  You comprehend my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways.  For there is not a word on my tongue, but behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.  You have hedged me behind and before and laid Your hand upon me” (vv. 1-5).

     According to this inspired passage, God’s omniscience includes:

  • His ability to search and know everything about me.
  • His awareness of my every movement in a day.
  • His discernment of my current and future thoughts.
  • His ability to know all my motives that prompted my actions.
  • His awareness of every single syllable spoken by my mouth.
  • His wisdom to providentially care for me every moment of my life. (The Greek word for “foreknowledge” is prognosis; it means “to know beforehand”.  The Greek word for “providence” is pronoeo; it means “to lookout beforehand; to consider in advance”.)

     When David tried to “wrap his head around” God’s omniscience, He exclaimed: “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain it” (v. 6).

     Amen and Amen!

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