God Knows is NOT a platitude.
Sometimes life is hard. We all talk to each other when it’s hard. And most of the time we don’t know why it’s hard.
Sometimes when someone talks with me about something difficult that they are struggling through, all I can say is, “God knows.” Reactions are all over the board. I think that is because often it is one of those things that come out of our mouths while we roll our eyes. It’s a platitude. It doesn’t mean much.
God Is Omniscient
Omniscient is a pretty big word, but it just means that—well—God knows everything. A.W. Tozer points out in his book The Knowledge of the Holy, “God perfectly knows Himself and, being the source and author of all things, it follows that He knows all that can be known.”
Tozer says that God is never surprised or amazed.
When I know nothing or feel helpless in the face of trauma or disaster, or words fail me for others, God knows. It is a comfort to me. Somehow knowing that God knows gives me the freedom to move forward again.
God knows everything. Scripture tells us He goes before us, He guards our backs, He walks alongside of us. He is all around us. He sees danger long before we do.
Sometimes I wish I knew the answers. I sure would be happy to share them with others who are asking the why questions. But, I simply do not know.
But just because I don’t know the answers does not mean the universe is out of control. I don’t HAVE to know the whys. Nor am I capable of handling the whys – those undercurrents of whys that affect a lot of other issues.
And A.W. Tozer says, “… how unutterably sweet is the knowledge that our Heavenly Father knows us completely.”
It is ENOUGH that God knows.
It is a COMFORT that God knows. He has all things in His hands. He knows all the whys that affect all situations everywhere. He knows the importance of the whys.
It is a RELIEF that God knows.
God knows. We don’t. Let it rest in His hands. It’s better that way.