Greetings from the Adirondack Mountains in Lake George, NY!
I wasn’t sure which subject line to use. How do you word, contrary to traditional thought, "God doesn’t know everything?” I think the gentlest approach to this subject could be worded, “Things God Doesn’t Know.” You ask, “What are they?”
The subject was provoked by a discussion at the ROTL Cabin in Cleverdale, NY, eight miles north of Lake George. It started out as a discussion about the heart and God saying, “The heart is deceitful above all else, who can know it” (Jer17:9). That led to the times in the Bible when God tested a man’s heart to see what was inside of it.
It was my Bible reading just before traveling 306 miles to upstate NY. I read where God left Hezekiah to find out what was in his heart (1Chron32:33). Then I thought of when God said to Abraham, after He had asked him to sacrifice Isaac, “Now I know that you fear God … .” Here is yet another example involving Abraham. Just before God sends the angels to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah, He says to Abraham, “I will go down and see if what I have heard is as bad as I am told.” Yes, you heard correctly.
So, this is how I imagine this. Let’s say God sees everything that happens by watching 37 trillion channels. One of them is Sodom and Gomorrah. He chooses not to watch the S & G Channel because it is filth. But his journalists (angels) keep reporting to Him that it’s debauchery. God then decided to check it out. The aftermath—He wipes it out, including all of the people with the exception of Lot and his two daughters. Are you following my thinking?
Back to God knowing the heart. After I read how God left Hezekiah exposing his pride, I cried out, “LORD, don’t leave me to myself. I don’t trust my heart. If you leave me I would come to ruin. LORD, stay by my side. Lead me not into temptation; deliver me from evil. Fence in my heart. You are all I have.” (Now, I have been given much, but when it’s all said and done, He is my all and all.)
There's one more thing God doesn’t know—our sins. When we receive Christ and embrace Him, His righteousness covers ALL of our sins—past, present and future (Col3:22). Yes, He who knew no sin became sin in our behalf (2Cor5:21). Scripture is clear God does not remember our sins (Heb8:12) for “as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” Got it! He doesn’t know our sins—they don’t exist.
Okay, long enough! Right?
As for this past weekend, Word On The Street, our Thursday Youth group presented Angels and Demons Continues. Powerful! Our oldest grandson, AJ (age 11), entered the world of theater and drama for the first time.
Loyalty is a man’s best friend. Josh 1:9 & Heb 13:5/JBS