By Pastor Bruce K. Oyen
I am presently between pastorates. My current job is driving a school bus, taking students to and from school each day. It is a challenging job, especially when it comes to transporting elementary children. As every parent knows, elementary age kids need more attention than older ones do. I also drive charter trips here and there for persons of all ages, but mostly for school sports teams and for college groups who want to go shopping or sight-seeing.
Our buses are equipped with a computerized tracking system called “Zonar.” It has come to mind that Zonar is a good illustration of God’s knowledge, which the Bible refers to many times. For example, it says in 1 Samuel 2:3, “For the LORD is the God of knowledge, and by Him actions are weighed.” But how much does God know? Some things? Many things? All things? The Bible very plainly teaches in many places that God is omniscient. That is, it teaches that God has absolute knowledge of all things, whether past, present, or future. God even knows what decisions we will make in the future. Our future decisions are unknown to us, but known to God. One example of many Biblical statements clearly affirming the absolute knowledge of God is found in 1 John 3:20, which says “….God knows all things.” (Bible quotes are taken from the New King James Version.)
Zonar is a remarkable system. It shows in real time what is going on with a bus, and it keeps a record of every movement of the bus. It knows what direction the bus goes, whether north, south, east, or west. It knows if the bus goes backward or forward, when it turns right or left, what speed it goes, when and where it makes stops, and when the front door is opened and shut. Therefore, It can be the driver’s friend or foe. If a parent calls the bus office and complains that a driver did not stop at the appointed place at the appointed time and says the student, therefore, had to walk to school in the rain, Zonar will either affirm or contradict the parent’s complaint because someone at the office can look to see if the driver stopped at the appointed place at the appointed time. And if the driver lies about what he did or did not do with the bus, Zonar will prove he lied.
This illustrates God’s absolute knowledge of all things, past, present, and future. King David knew of God’s absolute knowledge, for he wrote in Psalm 139:1 and 2: ,”O LORD, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off.” God’s knowledge will comfort us when we are right, or unnerve us when we are wrong. We simply can’t escape God’s absolute knowledge of all things.
God knows when we need comfort, and when we need correction. He knows when we give in to temptation, and when we resist it. He knows our weaknesses and our strengths. He knows when to answer our prayers, and when to deny an answer. He knows if we have received salvation by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ, or if we still need to believe in him. If you need to receive salvation, and want to do so, click on the following link and read the brief but good message that will tell you how to become a Christian. Here’s the link: http://www.godssimpleplan.org/gsps-english.html