From being a small child, I seemed to be aware that I was being watched over and guided by God. I developed a deep conscience from being very young and put this down to some sort of Super Power which guided me throughout my life. I find it absolutely mind-blowing that God, who came to earth in the form of a human being, is omnipotent (all-powerful); omnipresent (present in all places at the same time) and is omniscient (has unlimited knowledge). The Bible tells us God knows everything about everyone – even to knowing every single hair on our heads! It is very difficult to relate the Jesus who came to live among us with such a magnificent Being. How can God know everything we say, do and think?
Rev Graham replies:
Thank you Carol for that very challenging question. I think we can all agree that as we look up on a clear night and see all the wonder of the stars in the universe we cannot comprehend how all creation has come about and how it maintains and sustains itself year upon year.
In the New Testament we read the words from John chapter 1: “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with Go, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him and without him was not anything made that was made.”
In the formation of the world and universe God and his Word are intricately linked. Theology gives us an idea of who made and sustains the earth. Science tries to give an answer as to how it has been formed and is maintained.
In the Old Testament the prophet Jerimiah cries out in prayer and worship to God acknowledging his creative power throughout the world and beyond. (32: 17) Listen later on to the beautiful worship song Ah Lord God by Don Moem based on Jerimiah’s words.
In Psalm 139 we find that David touches on God as omnipotent (all-powerful); omnipresent (present in all places at the same time) and omniscient (has unlimited knowledge).
Verses 1-6 acknowledge God as all-knowing, and Is aware of our thoughts and intentions and such thoughts of God are so high that we cannot attain them
Verses 7 – 12 bears out that God’s presence is in and over all the earth and universe. We cannot flee from God’s knowing presence.
Verse 13 – 16 reminds us that God is in the midst of creation right from a tiny seed of a plant to the formation of a precious baby. We are fearfully and wonderfully made. God knows us from conception to birth and earthly life.
Verses 17 – 24 it concludes that in God’s knowledge, presence and power he is aware of who we are and what needs we have even on a daily basis. He protects the faithful against those who would harm them. We ask God to search us continually so that we may confess our sins and enjoy the best relationship possible with an all knowing, powerful and present God.
As mentioned for the Christian the bible offers up theological answers to the mysteries of faith. This is where we have to differentiate between scientific theories that may complement or firmly disagree with a more faith based view of the past, present and future world to come.
Whatever faith or scientific position we take nothing can change the fact that this world we live in is powerful, sustained and knowledgeable. It is Omni present for all to enjoy, look after and leave for successive generations as we move on to the other mystery world of everlasting life
There are different ways to look at the power of God. All powerful in which no human can ever comprehend. Without any power and any concept of a powerful God is only a human construct to use power in their own way.