“Oh, the unspeakable greatness of that exchange,—the Sinless One is condemned, and he who is guilty goes free; the Blessing bears the curse, and the cursed is brought into blessing; the Life dies, and the dead live; the Glory is whelmed in darkness, and he who knew nothing but confusion of face is clothed with glory.” Trailady

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Thursday, April 24, 2008

God’s omniscience

God knoweth about. The far reaches of His vast universe are all known. When a moon is in danger of loosing momentum around some planet in the cosmos, He speeds it up as needed to keep it aloft. If the inhabitants peopling a world anywhere need anything, He provides for them. His angelic hosts are on demand to help communicate and maybe even fix issues within His kingdom.

God knoweth where. He comprehends it all, not only His universe, incomprehensible to the strongest human mind, but beyond the bounds of His created universe, the endless, endless, endless, more unfathomable and bewildering, infinity of vast empty space.

God knoweth how. He understands inertia, He invented it. He understands gravity, He designed it. He understands earth-bound physics, quantum physics, and the physics that describes the laws of space greater still than what quantum physics can pin down. He understands the atomic world, the sub-atomic world, the sub- sub-atomic, the sub- sub- sub- sub-...(ad nauseum). He knows how it all works. He made it all.

God knoweth when. He is prophetic, He foresees, He foreknows, He predestinates. He sees down the corridor of time. He nailed down the order of empires following Daniel’s day and then the rise of the Papacy which would devour the earth and break it in pieces, and stamp the resistant left-overs into the ground. He remembers back up the corridor of the past. We catch a small glimpse of this in our ability to never forget anything we have experienced.

God knoweth why. He has known from infinity past the effects of sin. He knows the in-workings of self-centeredness, the whole foundation of sin. To forestall this He taught us that the first shall be last, and that to lose sight of self is to keep it. He sees the trouble that self-serving always and inevitably brings on. He knows sin intimately without ever coming close to it, because He created the laws governing all His created works. He knows what works for the maintenance of His creation; therefore He knows what doesn’t work.

He foreknew a rebellion and the need for a plan to rescue His much loved creation. He made His children free and happy, because that provided the greatest bulwark against degradation. His kingdom was designed for perpetuity. He does everything only once; and it’s all built to last.

But freedom of choice means there must be a possibility to rebel. In a kingdom without borders and border patrol or any kind of self-protection or self-preservation, God left Himself and His dominion vulnerable. But this is the way He chose it to be.

If there was a possibility of rebellion, then at some point it would happen; thus the need for a plan for such a contingency.

The rebellion did happen. God’s contingency plan went into effect. It worked perfectly, and its outworking will forever blossom and bloom. Everything God does is perfect, yet imperfect. His works are all a work in progress, continually unfolding, yet impeccably pure and infinitely wise every step of the way.

If God knoweth about, where, how, when, and why, then we can certainly trust Him here and now in the most intimate way with all our personal troubles. “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” (Jer. 29:11)


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