Day 11 God is Omniscient

Day 11: God Is Omniscient

The woman said to the serpent, ‘We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, “You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.”’ ‘You will not certainly die,’ the serpent said to the woman. ‘For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.’ - Genesis 3:2-5

The first sin recorded in the Bible was humanity's desire to be like God, and to know everything like God does. But it was a lie; we can’t know everything as God does, as His ways and thoughts compared to ours are like the universe compared to the earth (see Isaiah 55:8-9). Even so, we tend to think rather highly of our opinions, even with God! And one of the great frustrations of being human is our inability to control things and bring about the outcomes we desire. But, even though God's creation has been damaged as a result of the fall and sin, God still knows all things, even when they don't make sense to us. This should give us great comfort and peace, and help us to surrender the need to control anything and trust Him instead.

Suggested Guided Prayer Times:
  • Creator God, show me where my limited understanding has gotten in the way of my faith and trust of You. Show me where I am given to unbelief and cynicism when it comes to You (journal and write down your answers). Repent (if you feel you are ready) and ask the Lord’s forgiveness.
  • Lord, I acknowledge that You are God, and I am not. I accept that You know and understand things in ways that I might not agree with from my limited perspective and understanding. I surrender my need to be right and I trust in You when I disagree.
  • Praise the Lord in response to what He's shown you in these prayers and give thanks, especially for those things that you do not -- and may never -- understand.

Action Steps:
  • Schedule 1-2, five minute breaks in your day to think or "chew" on this quality of God.
  • Look up at the stars at night and contemplate that for every star you can see, there are 20 million more stars you can’t see just in our Milky Way galaxy! And God knows them all by name! (Isaiah 40:26)

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