God Is All-Knowing
Chapter taken from "The Very Heart of Worship"
Written By Cypress Ministries
“Two sparrows cost
only a penny, but not even one of them
can die without your
Father’s knowing it.”
It started with one man. God, in His infinite wisdom, wanted to create a nation to show generations to come that He is God, so He had a plan. “God began by making one person, and from him came all the different people who live everywhere in the world. God decided exactly when and where they must live” (Acts 17:26). Just think, no matter where you are living right now, there is a reason and it serves a purpose even if you don’t see it or understand it. It doesn’t matter if things are or are not going well for you -- know you didn’t get there by yourself. There is a reason why you were born the year you were. Even if someone tells you that you were an accident, YOU WEREN’T.
In verse 7 of our study of Nehemiah 9, we are told that God chose Abram then took him out of where he was living and gave him a new name. But notice that first God chose the man He wanted. Throughout the Bible we read that God CHOOSES who He wants to lead His people and then He sends him. God chose Abram, and then He sent him to live where God needed Abram to be. Next, He gave Abram a new name. He didn’t tell Abram, “Hey, I’m going change a few things.” Nope, that wasn’t nearly enough for our Lord. He told Abram, “You are going to become a whole new man.”
*Core Study Verse: Nehemiah 9:7
“You are the Lord, the God who chose Abram
and brought him out of Ur in Babylonia
and named him Abraham.”
That is something so wonderful about God -- when He decides to clean a person up, He does a very good job. Have you ever noticed how often the word “completely” is used in the Bible? “Completely destroy them…” and “Obey me completely…” God doesn’t do anything half way. When He forgives you of your sins, He also forgets them and erases them until they are no more. (Read Isaiah 43:25 and 44:22.) When God delivered any of His people out of bondage it was completely! Even though you won’t see some of it on this side of heaven, rest assured that whatever work God is doing in your life He will complete His work in you. Dear friend, wherever you are at this moment, wherever you are in this stage of your life, whatever your circumstances are, whatever your situation is, GOD KNOWS.
Do you know the story of Zacchaeus? He wanted to see Jesus so badly that he was willing to climb up a tree when he couldn’t see over the crowd. (Read Luke 19:1-7.) Nothing was going to stop Zacchaeus from seeing this Jesus everyone was talking about. But what I really love about this story is that Jesus KNEW where Zacchaeus was! As Jesus was coming down the street, Zacchaeus shimmied up the tree and was perched on a branch overhead. When Jesus got below where Zacchaeus was, Jesus LOOKED UP! Jesus knew this man would be up there in this tree and that this man’s heart was ready to receive Him. So, when Jesus got to him, He looked up and called to him. Not only did Jesus call for him, but Jesus called Zacchaeus by name! Now keep in mind, no one had introduced them. But Jesus knew where he was and who he was.
My friend, I have news for you: He knows where you are and He knows your name, too. When I read this passage in Luke 19, I often wonder: Could Jesus have taken another route? Is it possible the whole reason Jesus took this particular route, at that exact time, was to find this one man Zacchaeus and give him a personal invitation to salvation and a heavenly home? Jesus looked past what others perceived of this man and into his heart then gave Zacchaeus forgiveness, a second chance, and a new beginning. In the same way, He looks at you, calls you by name, and gives you a personal invitation. God does not change. Take to heart that in the same way God sent Jesus to find this man Zacchaeus, God will send Jesus to find you.
If you look back at our core study of Nehemiah 9:7, we see that God chose Abram. God had a plan for Abram. God knew who Abram was, but even better, God knew who Abram could, and eventually would, be. God also knew exactly at what point it was time to set His plan into motion.
When you think about the timing in Abram/Abraham’s life, our All-Knowing Father, in His infinite wisdom, had a purpose and a reason for when He revealed His intent to give Abraham a son and then waited until His timing was perfect to prove faithful and deliver what He had promised. Could God have given Abraham a son earlier in life? Of course, but I think He waited for two reasons: (1) to teach us that He could perform a miracle and show us that it didn’t matter what the circumstance were like, and (2) because He knew at what point in time there would be a pretty young girl going to get water at a well.
God is all-knowing because if Isaac had been born earlier he might not have needed a wife at the time Rebekah would be going to the well. Isaac would have been older and at a different stage in his life and may not have waited, but instead married someone else earlier. However, in God’s all-knowing wisdom He knew when to give Abraham and Sarah their long-awaited son, which put Isaac at the right time in his life for Abraham to send his servant out looking.
Hence, Abraham’s servant arrived at the well in time to pray for God’s guidance (see Genesis 24) and was there ready to meet Rebekah. My friend, not only is God all-knowing, but He can set things into motion to turn out at just the perfect time. What’s sad is that so often these days, God’s “perfect timing” is passed off as “coincidence.” But this was no coincidence. Rebekah might have thought she was going to get some water, but what she probably didn’t know was she was about to make a God-given appointment.
My friend, I don’t know where you are at in your life, but take to heart that God does and can get you where you need to be -- sometimes without you even knowing it. Just think, the same God who knew how to align the stars knows how to arrange events in your life to work out at just the right time and in ways that can often amaze us if we will just take a step back and look at the traces of His handiwork.
In the story of Ruth, she couldn’t have understood at the time that God still had huge plans for her. All she knew was that she had lost her husband and her mother-in-law was going to go home; Ruth couldn’t stand to lose her, too.
In Ruth 1, Naomi, in her grief, decided to return to her family’s home. In her despair, she thought God had forgotten her and that her life was over. In fact, she told her family not to call her “Naomi” anymore because that meant “happy or pleasant.” Naomi told her family they should call her “Mara,” because this meant “sad.” Can you relate? Have you ever been at a point in your life where you just thought, “This is it, there couldn’t be anymore, this is all there is”? Guess what? It wasn’t “all she wrote” for either of these women. God still had a whole other book written out for them. Both of these women’s lives had only just begun. And yours has too.
I will admit that it was very sad for both these women, but God wasn’t done. He set into motion a move, a meeting, and a baby! God gave Ruth a whole new life! And God gave Naomi a grandson, but not just any grandson. God wrote these two women right into Jesus’ heritage. At the same time Naomi was crying sad and bitter tears and Ruth’s whole world was shaken up as she was trying to figure out what to do next, God’s will was already being done.
Dear friend, never underestimate your all-knowing, all-powerful, all-loving God. Don’t ever think, “Well, that’s it, my life is done, and this is just how it is.” When you come to God, when you turn in your despair to God, He can do amazing things with the next chapter of your life. God knows where you have been and where you are at, but He also knows all you can be and all He can do in your life. It doesn’t matter what you may think about yourself or what other people may say about, or even to, you. It doesn’t matter what your circumstances look like now or how desolate your situation may seem, God can do amazing things in the heart of anyone who is willing to believe and turn to Him. How do I know that? How can I have the gumption to say that to you? Because, dear friend, God made you!
“You made my whole being;
you formed me in my mother’s body…
All the days planned for me were written in your book
before I was one day old.”
(Ps. 139:13, 16)
I smile as I write this because I can only imagine what some of you are feeling about right now. Have you gotten a little dinged up? Okay, if you are anything like I was, maybe a lot dinged up? It doesn’t matter! You may not be in the original condition God intended. Again, it doesn’t matter. When we come to the end of our rope and we are out of hope and in spiritual need, emotionally hurt, or maybe just plain ol’ worn out, ask God, “What do YOU want for me? What would YOU have for me? What do I do now?” God smiles and probably looks at the angels and takes a sigh of relief as if to say, “Finally.” Then He looks down at where you are at and gently says, “Here, let me.”
In Psalm 139, in different versions of the Bible, the term “knit” is used. I love that because knitting takes both hands! It’s not something you can do one-handed. When God first created us, He knit us together. It is so amazing to know that when God first made the sun, the stars, and the water, He spoke and it happened. But when it came time to create humans, He decided to use both of His hands. He wanted to be “hands on” and involved in our creation.
Someone might be thinking, “But you don’t know what I have done, what mistakes I have made.” Friend, it doesn’t matter. So many times in the Bible God says, “Return to me.” It doesn’t matter how much dirt and grime you may have waded into because God knows what is in the deepest recesses of your heart. You can’t fool God, even if you wanted to. When you are truly sincere, then no matter how far you have fallen, God says, “Return to me.”
Have you ever known someone who left home, went as far as they could go and then the bottom fell out on them and they made that phone call? They called with, “I don’t know how I got here and I don’t know what I was thinking. I just want to come home, but I don’t know how and I don’t have any money.”
They may feel horrible, but you are just so relieved and happy to hear from them that all you can do is say, “Stay where you are, don’t move, I WILL COME AND GET YOU.” My friend, that‘s how God feels about you. Again, God does not change. He is the same God yesterday, today, and tomorrow. What He said to His people in Jeremiah 31:3: “I love you people with a love that will last forever.” He says to you.
If you read about Rahab in Joshua 2, you will see she was a prostitute! Did God condone her lifestyle? Of course not! But God already knew that when push came to shove and, given the chance, deep in her heart was a belief and a desire for Him. She went from being a prostitute to being grafted into the family tree of our Savior.
She may have been a “fallen woman” but she showed her true heart. She took a chance and dared to believe what she had heard about God. Why do I say her “true heart”? Because she showed humility and compassion to others. When Joshua’s men were getting ready to leave for battle, she asked them to “Please remember and show kindness to my family.” It wasn’t “me, myself, and I.” She truly believed God would give the Israelites victory over Jericho. She believed God would do what He had said He would do. Then, she showed love for her family. What makes it humbling is that it wasn’t about her. It wasn’t, “Please save me or please remember me.” No, it was “my family.” I think God must have honored her for that. I think God must have looked beyond what was in her past and further than her current situation, and knew that in her heart she would choose Him. There was humility and sincerity in her and throughout the Bible God shows that He will always respond to those traits.
My friend, I encourage you to take comfort in the fact that God is truly all-knowing. God had a plan from before He ever said, “Let there be light.” Jesus was always God’s plan for bringing us to Him. Jesus was God’s redemptive plan before Satan ever asked Eve, “Did God really say…?” Jesus was not an accident or a plan that just came about as “humanity went along.” Nothing has ever taken God by surprise. God has never had to say, “Well, let me rethink this,” or “Hmm, I wasn’t expecting that, so now let’s do this.” God had a plan for Abraham and knew well in advance what Abraham’s response would be. He already knew what would happen to Naomi’s family as well as what Rahab’s decision would be when the spies came to see her. Dear friend, God has plans for your future, too. (Read Jeremiah 29:11-14.) He knows where you are, where you need to be, and how to get you there. Don’t give up hope; call out to God. Return to Him, sincerely give God a chance, and then just wait and see.
In closing of God Is All-Knowing,
♥ PRAYING IN FAITH
Father God, I don’t know who I am praying with, but I praise You Father God because You do. We thank You, Lord, because without worry we can look to You, the one that knows all of our todays and tomorrows, and that You know where we should go and how to get us there. Lord, we praise You because we can trust that You have already prepared us for our journey. Lord, help us to stay focused on You, help us to see Your leading, and keep us in the center of Your perfect will for us.
Lord, I lift this reader up to You. Lord God, I pray that You will put Your hand on my friend here and be with them. Father, I pray that this beloved reader will open their hearts and come to know You truly as their All-Knowing God. I pray that You will bless them and keep them.
In Christ Jesus’ name I pray,