Struggling With Omniscience

Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. Hebrews 4:13


As a Christian, I struggle sometimes with the big God mysteries like omniscience and omnipresence. The other night while praying I caught myself thinking: If God is all knowing, then why am I telling Him what Hilma needs, or Jim, Joel, Charla, Diana, Susan . . . I pondered the idea of God’s universal knowledge. How can He know everything at once?

An image of a crowded classroom came into my head. (If you read my other blog, you know that I think in snapshots.) A teacher stands in front of the classroom. She points to a boy in the back of the room. “Ethan,” she says. “Do you know the answer?” As she stands there at the head of the class the teacher knows all of her students by name. At that very moment she knows all of their personalities and where they stand academically. She knows their educational needs and goals. It’s like that with God, I thought. Only bigger and better! We are students in His perpetual classroom.

At any given moment, God the Teacher stands before us at the head of the class. He knows each of us by name. He knows where we are in our training and what we need to reach our goals. God knows everything. There isn’t a question that He can’t answer. Yet sometimes instead of providing the answer He makes us work for it, knowing that in the process we learn to become more Christ-like.

So, if God is all-knowing, why do we have to pray for our needs and the needs of others? The answer is because through praying, we connect with the Teacher. It’s like staying after class to tell Mrs. Stapinski that you can’t figure out a math problem. Mrs. Stapinski already knows that math isn’t your best subject, and she knows how to help you. But to receive her help, you might have to ask for it.

1 John 3:20 says: “For God is greater than our hearts and he knows everything.” Too often, I let logic lead my thinking, and I search for facts to fortify my faith. My Teacher knows that, too. When I questioned His omniscience, He knew that I couldn’t possibly understand the big picture. It’s far too complicated for a human. So, He used a simple object lesson that I could understand.

Is God really omniscient? Yes. By faith I believe that He is.

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  1. Dee

    There is so much about God that is unfathomable to our human minds. But just because we don't or can't understand it all in the greatest depth, we can "know" it is so…that is faith!

  2. It do seem a puzzle, if God knows all ~ why pray? The older I get for me the simple answer is that I just have to. My lifeline, my connection to power and peace. Though I is much to big for me to wrap my mind around.

  3. Jean: You give me something to think about. Thanks.

  4. Hi Jean -Praying is about relationship. It's climbing into His lap and sharing how my day went. It's feeling the warmth of His hug, and sensing the twinkle in His eye.Jesus said, "If you've seen me, you've seen the Father." Looking at Him, I get a true picture of what God is like, and can be comfortable approaching my Abba Father.Blessings,Susan 🙂

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