No Surprise to God

            One of the things I really love about the Bible is that God doesn’t pull any punches.  We read about the failures as well as triumphs of men like Abraham, Jacob, Moses, Samson, David, and Peter, just to name a few.  Maybe you’ve heard it said that if you want to read a book with plenty of intrigue, violence and sex, read the Bible.  It’s true.  God’s Word reflects how people are and how the world is.  I find this comforting and reassuring.  In fact, it’s downright exhilarating.  Why?  I’m confident that God knows all about me and loves me.  I can trust Him and come to Him about absolutely anything and everything.  As a born again believer in Christ, I have the right to claim I’m one of His children, and He’s my Heavenly Father.

            Let me back up and approach this from the beginning—your beginning and my beginning.  There is nothing about you or me that surprises God.  He knows it all—the good, the bad, and the ugly.  To make the point, here’s a lengthy quote from Psalm 139:1-18 where David wrote:  O lord, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether. Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it. Whither shall I go from thy spirit? Or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee. For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.”

            I’ll finish with  a couple of examples from John’s Gospel showing how well God knows people.  The first is from Jn. 1:47-50: “Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile! Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee. Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel. Jesus answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, believest thou? Thou shalt see greater things than these.”  When Jesus began performing miracles, He knew how people would respond.  Jn. 2:23-25 says, “Now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did. But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men, And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.”

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