I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is none like me.
I make known the end from the beginning,
from ancient times, what is still to come. Is 46:9-10
I still remember some of the catechisms I learned in elementary school. Ask me what my son’s phone number is or what time my daughter is coming home and I have no clue. But I can still see Miss Longnecker with her wavy blond hair standing in the front of the 4th-grade classroom asking, “Who made God?” and the class would reply in unison, “Nobody made God” (Psalm 90:2)
During that year we learned the words omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. I spent many moments pondering those words, trying to resolve what it would be like to know everything (omniscient). I decided I wouldn’t want to be God because you couldn’t pick what you wanted to know. You would know the good things but you would also know the heartbreaking ones like the death of an innocent person.
I’m glad God is God and I am not. There is nothing God doesn’t know – nothing new He can learn. I take great comfort in that. Like a young child trusting in his parent to have the ability and desire to care for him, I can trust one far greater than me. He knows me and He loves me.
1. God knows all
Who can fathom the Spirit of the LORD, or instruct the LORD as his counselor? Whom did the LORD consult to enlighten him, and who taught him the right way? Who was it that taught him knowledge, or showed him the path of understanding?” (Isaiah 40:13-14).
2. He knows us
“Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD” (Psalm 139:4).
3. He loves us
“Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows” (Luke 12:7).
I thought omnipresent (present in all places at the same time) would be kind of neat though. I could be at school learning and at home reading a book at the same time. Or I could be like a fly on the wall and hear what my friends were saying when I wasn’t around. I decided knowing what I was getting for Christmas would initially seem like fun, but not so much on Christmas day.
1. God is outside space and time
Isaiah 57:15 “For thus says the high and exalted One. Who dwells in eternity, whose name is Holy, I dwell on a high and holy place, And also with the contrite and lowly of spirit In order to revive the spirit of the lowly And to revive the heart of the contrite.”
2. God is always available
Psalm 139:7-10 says, “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.”
I wondered what it would be like to be God and be omnipotent (having all power) and yet chose to give those he created a free will, the ability to make their own choices? I thought if I was God I would prefer everyone be a robot and love me unconditionally. I thought things would be easier that way. (And on that note, aren’t you glad I’m not god!?)
1. God never grows tired
Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom (Isaiah 40:28)
2. He is all powerful
But Jesus looked at them and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but for God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).
3. He can help us
Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, Eph 3:20
What about you? Would you want to be all-knowing, all-powerful or all-present? Why or why not? What does it mean to you that God is those things?
God in heaven, you are far above all I can know and understand. Your ways are not my ways. I am so thankful I can rest in your power, your knowledge and perspective. I thank you that nothing surprises you. I thank you that you love me and are working all things for my good. In Jesus name. Amen.