The phrase, “a God who understands” might seem puzzling at first.
“What”…… you might ask, “does this phrase mean?”
Let me simply say that the phrase, as simple as it sounds, has emerged in my life as a major theme lately.
I have become impressed with the idea that an important part of the nature of God is his “omniscience”. Now, I know that term looks academic and theologically charged….and it is, but it is a relational concept. Defined in simplest terms, it means, “all knowing”.
I first encountered the term during my freshman year of college. It was linked to a couple of other terms used to describe the nature of God.
Omnipresent – All present ie. Everywhere at once
Omnipotent – All powerful
Omniscience – All knowing
I don’t dispute that the Creator God of Genesis knows all. I guess if I accept that He is perfect in the first two categories, it is not logical to think there is anything He does not know.
Taken at face value, this is an admirable quality and fortifies God’s indisputable qualifications as deity.
But what is it we think of when we consider the “all-knowingness” of God?
Does it conjure up knowledge like God knows the cure for cancer or aids?
Is it knowledge like, “how many angels can indeed dance on the head of a pin?”
Does His knowledge simply consist in things like how many stars there are in the universe?
We could go on, but I think you see the pattern here. I don’t dispute that God is fully knowing about all of these and any other of the great questions of life.
My question is this, “what purpose, what benefit is there to this kind of knowledge as we seek a relationship with the Father in heaven….the one who gave his only begotten son?” If God’s all-knowingness is exclusively defined to the arena of facts and minutia, it is impressive but stops short of being relational.
I would suggest that a view of the all-knowing God that draws us to him, that begs us to search to know Him…is found in this: God knows everything……He knows you and me……
He understands us….like no other.
He knows why we sin…why we are at times pillars of faith and at others portraits of futility. When life deals us frustration and failure….don’t we mouth the words, “God knows, I’ve tried, but I don’t seem to be able to get this thing right.”
I believe the fact that God knows….understands EVERYTHING about us….is inseparable from the concept of his GRACE.
And God knows, we need to experience and comprehend His grace more than we do.
May we come to comprehend it and celebrate it and be called to His children. By seeking to understand others, we can become more gracious and God-like. Let’s journey on together, shall we?