Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight...
Kids do say the darnedest things, especially sitting around the dinner table. Case in point. One evening while we were passing the potatoes and pouring sweet tea, out of nowhere, 9 year old Chancey declared, “God doesn’t know everything!” It was as if he had been pondering the issue all week and finally arrived at that answer. Immediately, a theological argument ensued with his old brother, Bo and sister Jennifer. “You better be careful, you might go to H-E, double hockey sticks for saying that about God. God does know everything. It’s in the Bible. Right, mom?”
Before I could finishing chewing and respond, Chancey defended his statement. “God doesn’t know any person, besides Jesus, who has not done something wrong.” Well, that hushed everyone up. The kid had a point. One that was true and biblically based. Romans 3:23 came to mind, For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. That’s pretty advanced theology for someone who has to be reminded to take a bath. “Son, where did you... how did you come up with God not knowing any person who has not sinned?” Rolling his eyes at me like I was the dumbest person on the planet, he replied, “It’s in the Bible! We learned it in Sunday School.”
I never did forget Chancey’s declaration and even used it to win a seminary debate one time. It’s funny how we can say something is true by stating it in the negative. Scripture clearly tell us God is all-knowing or omniscient. God’s eyes run everywhere (Job 24:23; Psalms 33:13-15). He searches all hearts and observes everyone’s ways (Daniel 2:20-22; Luke 16:15). Our hearts and ways time and again have exposed everyone of us as sinners. Chancey was right, God does not know a person who has not sinned.
Taking his negative play on words a step further, we see there is more God doesn’t know. God doesn’t know of any sin that isn’t forgiven by the blood of Jesus. That is what the old rugged cross of Easter reminds us. Though we have ALL sinned and fallen short of God’s glory, we ALL can be forgiven through the sacrifice of Jesus. For by the blood of Christ we are set free, that is, our sins are forgiven. How great is the grace of God… (Eph 1:7 GNT). Amen!
All Knowing God, Jesus died with his arms wide open as an everlasting reminder of our pardon for our sins and your great love for us. May we receive this saving knowledge with our hearts wide open. Amen.
In His Word,
Reverend Dee Dee