The God Who Knows

The Character of God, Part 5

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! (Romans 11:33, ESV)

If you Google the most intelligent people in history, you’ll get familiar names such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Sir Isaac Newton, Stephen Hawking, Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein. Even Adolf Hitler’s name comes up (you know . . . in the evil genius category).  Today, Terence Tao, a 37-year old mathematics professor at UCLA, is considered by many to be the most intelligent living person. With an IQ of 230, at the age of two, he attempted to teach a five-year old relative math and English at a family gathering! At two, I would have been content with “potty-trained.”

Mankind (especially men) has always enjoyed beating their chest over their brilliant accomplishments, scientific discoveries and feats of knowledge. But even more impressive that what our grey matter has churned out is that all ideas – in fact, all knowledge – originates with God. Not only does he know all that there is to know, but he created knowledge itself. He knows all things actual and potential. He knows the future. He is “perfect in knowledge” (Job 37:16).

In addition, God knows how to perfectly apply all knowledge. That is the basic meaning of wisdom. That God’s decisions “will always bring about the best results (from God’s ultimate perspective), and they will bring about those results through the best possible means.”[1]

What does this mean for you? It means that God knows you inside and out. He knows your every thought (perhaps more terrifying than comforting!). He knows everything about you. Did you feel like no one understands you? Well, there is one who does. And despite knowing our deepest, darkest secrets and our ugliest side, he still loves us.

It also means that we can trust him to work wisely in our lives. Since God is perfect in wisdom, he never makes any mistakes or poor choices. All that he does is the best that could be done.

Lastly, it means the one who is all-wise bestows the same wisdom on those who ask (James 1:5-7). When we face one the many difficult decisions that life throws our way, we can turn to him so that we might drink from the source of that infinite fountain of wisdom.

Who is like me? Let him proclaim it. Let him declare and set it before me, since I appointed an ancient people. Let them declare what is to come, and what will happen. Fear not, nor be afraid; have I not told you from of old and declared it? And you are my witnesses! Is there a God besides me? There is no Rock; I know not any.” (Isaiah 44:7–8, ESV)

[1] Grudem, Wayne. Systematic Theology, p. 193

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