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January 12 – God is all-knowing

How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! – Psalm 139:17

Scripture reading: Psalm 139:11-24

We finite creatures never stop learning, unless we are too proud to learn anything new. But think about it, “There is no limit to what God knows, and there is nothing He needs to learn!” The Psalmist shows us that dark and light do not make a difference to God. Nothing escapes His knowledge. For Him, the night shines as the day! He does not only know the universe in its endless complexity, the greatest marvel is that He knows us!

When you and I were created and formed, nothing escaped His attention. He knew us in the most perfect way. When His Almighty power shaped our unformed substance, there was nothing that escaped His attention. Indeed, How great is the sum of God’s thoughts!

God’s knowledge of us, should make us honest and repentant before God, like the Psalmist, who says, “Search me, O God, and know my heart… and see if there is any wicked way in me, lead me in the way everlasting.” Let’s never forget, He knows what you do at school, at your job, whether doors are open or closed, whether you are behind your screen, or behind another machine. He even knows your and my thoughts, anxieties and sins. He knows us, sees us, even when we might think nobody sees us.

This is only comforting to us when we know and trust Christ’s saving power and Christ’s knowledge of us. Then we say, “How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!”

Suggestions for prayer

Thank God for His thoughts toward you, that He knows you. Pray you may learn more of His thoughts toward you in Christ, and that His thoughts might become ever more marvelous and precious to you.

Rev. Pieter van der Hoek has been serving the Heritage Reformed Church of Burgessville since 2017. This daily devotional is also available in a print edition you can buy at Nearer to God Devotional.

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