Drinking Deeply

Thursday, July 13, 2006 at 12:12 AM

Attributes of God (3)

A walk through A.W. Pink's Attributes of God. Feel free to read along and comment.

Ch. 3:

The Knowledge of God -

God knows everything. He knows everything that has happened, is happening, and will happen. Easy enough right? But this chapter examines what exactly that means. It means that nothing is hidden from God. Every thought. Every instinct. Every moment. Every molecule, its present, current, and future path for the rest of time.

Pink points out that it is a knowledge that is perfect and comprehensive. We may know things and forget. We may know things and be mistaken. We may know things and overlook what that implies. God doesn't. God knows, and knows forever in that perfect manner that is so distinct from our sinful sides (and even from our glorified sides) that we cannot hope to know the same way He does.

And yet Pink points out aptly that, “Yet how little do we meditate upon this Divine perfection! Is it because the very thought of it fills us with uneasiness?” How true! How many of us are comfortable with our deepest sins out in the open? Our secret lusts and desires? But they are to God, our Judge. Your sin will find you out, because it is God who watches and knows. Yike!

But for the Christian, there's always that beautiful promise, and I love how Pink gets back to the Gospel. That God knows their hearts and searches them, and is their comfort and knows what is coming. That God watches over them. And with the righteous their prayer will be heard, because it's prayed in Christ. There's a promise for peace. I don't know where I'm going. I don't know what's going to happen, but God does, and God is a God of peace, of comfort, and I can confess with Paul that I can do all things through Christ. I can be in need, or in plenty, in sadness or in joy. God is with me. God knows, and God cares.

Another thing that I enjoy of Pink is how he ties all these things back together. God's knowledge is connected to His decrees, because this knowledge isn't a passive one, but an active decree. God's knowledge is another characteristic that sets Him apart from us, that is too great for us to know. God's knowledge of all things is complete. There is no shadow of turning with God.

Nothing escapes God's sight. Nothing escapes His gaze. Glory be to the Lord of wisdom and knowledge!

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