When we contemplate the nature of God, we may find ourselves puzzled, mystified, befuddled. We stand amazed, in awe, and slightly overwhelmed. The nature of God, to be honest, is more than we can fully take in all at once.
But He understands.
He is never confused or misinformed. He never makes a decision, as we do, based on faulty or incomplete knowledge or understanding. He is never fooled by deception – He is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of every heart (Heb. 4:12). He knows our words before we speak them (Psalm 139:1-4). Nothing is hidden from His sight (Heb. 4:13). He even knows the end from the beginning (Isa. 46:9-10).
Consider for a moment… God knows your every thought and sees what you do in secret. He knows the secrets you hide from others, your regrets, your shame, your guilt. Those secrets in your past that scream at you, “God would never love me if He really knew…” But He knows. And He loves you. He doesn’t love you because you have made yourself worthy. He loves you because that is Who He is. He offers grace and mercy and forgiveness and new beginnings in full knowledge of who you are and what you have done.
The Psalmist writes,
O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
You understand my thought from afar.
You scrutinize my path and my lying down,
And are intimately acquainted with all my ways.
Even before there is a word on my tongue,
Behold, O Lord, You know it all. (Psalm 139:1-4)
God knows me better than I know myself. Not only that, but He knows my circumstances. He sees the big picture while I tend to see only what is obvious. I bring limited, imperfect knowledge and understanding colored by my experiences and emotions to every situation. He sees every detail in perfect clarity and brings perfect knowledge and understanding based on personal observation not limited by space or time. He brings perfect understanding of every thought and every motive, never colored by selfish interests.
We often do not understand why He does the things He does or allows things to happen in certain ways. He is weaving a beautiful tapestry that will be revealed in eternity. Occasionally, we get a glimpse of beautiful threads, connecting people and events together. Most of the time all we see is a clump of knots on the backside of the canvas. The Apostle Paul described it this way,
For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known (1Cor. 13:12).
From the series: Nature of God