Power. Five little letters that when put together have dominated and punctuated history. The thirst and quest for it has caused nations to rise and fall, wars to be waged, lives lost, relationships destroyed, and mankind to first sin.
Have you ever met a know-it-all? The type of people who always seem to have an answer for everything, know everything, and use every moment to share their all-encompassing knowledge base. I think everyone has brushed shoulders with one of these individuals. Maybe they’re your acquaintance, friend, or even family member. The thing about know-it-alls is that very few people like to be around them. Why, because they radiate an air of over-confidence, arrogance, and an “I’m better than you” attitude. And the most annoying thing about this mindset is that everyone knows that they don’t know-it-all! Nobody knows everything; therefore, a know-it-all attitude is really only built pride, boasting, and hypocrisy rather than actual knowledge. And this mentality is what grates on people most. Therefore, may we not become know-it-alls!
I share all this to point out that people—sinful and human—attempt to wear an air of supreme knowledge when in fact only One deserves that title—God Almighty. So for this study of Who is God?, we’re going to explore this characteristic of God: that He is OMNISCIENT.
Over the last few months, we have been sporadically looking at core attributes of the God we worship—the One who sits enthroned above the heavens—and now we’re going to return to God’s throne room and look at the third attribute often listed with holy and righteous. So let’s prepare our hearts as we enter into the presence of the King of Kings through the study of His Word.
Do you remember the last Who is God? study? We looked at the holiness of God and saw how the prophet Isaiah trembled in His holy presence. Well, now we are going to return to God’s holy throne room and will remain there for the next three studies. So, are you ready to go before the King of the universe?!
Travel back with me to the Middle Ages and imagine that you are a serf out working in the fields. Suddenly, a knight in shining armor rides up to you and informs you that your presence is requested by the king and escorts you to the royal palace. Would you be trembling in fear? Would your knees start shaking and your hands grow clammy with nerves as you approach the throne room of the most powerful person in the land? Would you be wondering why the King desires to see you? Would you wonder if you were in trouble or had done something wrong?
So far in this series, we have seen that God is perfect and that He creates all things with purpose and for a reason. He has personally formed us and predestined the number of days we shall live and where and when we will live them. Nothing God does is by accident nor is it a mistake. Now we’re going to take a look at another key attribute of God that is foundational as we analyze who God is and apply it to our lives.
Have you ever wanted to be taller, shorter, or slimmer; have blonde hair, brown, black, wavy, straight, curly, thick, or thin; wished you were smarter, more athletic, etcetera? I know I have. At some point in life, everyone has wished for some different attribute of themselves than they have. It’s human nature. We are never satisfied with what we have, but are always looking at others and comparing. This is especially true during the impressionable teen years. At this age, we are transitioning from childhood to adulthood, and as we navigate through this awkward season we are even more prone to dissatisfaction with the way we look, act, and speak as we compare ourselves with those around us. But it doesn’t have to be that way!