By Pastor Bruce K. Oyen, First Baptist Church, Spearfish, SD
We moved from the farm north of Appleton, MN to Minneapolis, MN in the summer of 1964. Not long afterward, I started smoking cigarettes. My parents did not smoke, and did not approve of it. So, I had to hide my cigarettes. When I was maybe 13 years old, I told Mom that one of my winter coat’s pockets had a hole in the bottom, and I asked her if she would mend it. Well, that had become a convenient place to hide my cigarettes. I would drop the pack of smokes through the hole, and it would fall down to the hem at the bottom. But I had forgotten that Mom was going to mend the pocket. One winter morning, I put on that coat and went outside to walk to school. As usual, I put my hand in the pocket to get the pack of cigarettes, and my hand came to a sudden stop. Without telling me, Mom had mended the pocket! And she had left the pack of smokes in the mended pocket, not down at the hem. I took out the pack, and in it I saw a piece of white paper rolled up like a cigarette. It was longer than a cigarette, so it stuck out maybe an inch. I took the paper out. She had written a note to me. It was a simple message: “You can’t fool me!” She had suspected I had become a smoker, and now she had found indisputable evidence of it. There was now way I could talk my way out of this one! Unfortunately, this event did not make me quit smoking. I had to find more clever ways to hide the evidence from Mom, and I did. I quit smoking when I was 16 years old, and have not had a cigarette since then. Thank the Lord!
Sometimes it seems that mothers are omniscient, which means they seem to be all-knowing. This fact helps kids keep on the right track. They know it is almost certain that sooner or later, Mom will discover their wrongdoing.
But only God is omniscient. His infallible Word, the Bible, teaches that he alone knows every fact about every person, place, and thing in the universe. The Bible teaches that he knows everything about the past, the present, and even the future. This can be a comforting thought, because it means he knows it all about us. Nothing about us escapes his notice. And this all-knowing God also cares about us as individuals.
Not only can this be a comforting thought. It can also be an unnerving thought. Since God knows everything about us, it means he knows every bad thing about us. He knows our bad thoughts, our bad words, and our bad actions. But in spite of everything bad about us, the Bible says this amazing truth: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” This statement is found in John’s Gospel, chapter 3, verse16. God loves us in spite of ourselves. He offers us full and free forgiveness and salvation. These blessings become ours the moment we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. If you have not yet done so, believe on him at once.
What follows is the Bible’s 139th Psalm. Read it carefully. And as you do so, note how it emphasizes God’s omniscience. The Psalm is taken from this website: http://www.biblegateway.com.
PSALM 139 (From the King James Version of the Bible)
O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me.
2 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.
3 Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.
4 For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether.
5 Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.
7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.
12 Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.
13 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
17 How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!
18 If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.
19 Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men.
20 For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain.
21 Do not I hate them, O Lord, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?
22 I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
King James Version (KJV)
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