KNOWLEDGE TOO WONDERFUL
“For there is not a word on my tongue, but behold, O LORD, You know it altogether. You have hedged me behind and before, and laid Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain it.” (Psalms 139:4-6 NKJV)
It is natural to desire or long to know what lies ahead of you in this life and hereafter. It is God who has set eternity in our hearts (Eccl. 3:11).
However, no matter how hard we may try, or the technique we may employ, or who we may consult, we shall never have a perfect or full knowledge of what the future holds.
King Solomon, the wisest man in his generation, states this truth.
Ecclesiastes 8:17 – NKJV
17 Then I saw all the work of God, that a man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun. For though a man labors to discover it, yet he will not find it; moreover, though a wise man attempts to know it, he will not be able to find it.
Apostle Paul also affirms this truth.
1 Corinthians 8:2 – NKJV
2 And if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know.
1 Corinthians 13:9-10 – NKJV
9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part.
10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.
It is only God who is perfect in knowledge. God knows everything about everyone and everything in detail. The darkness cannot hide anything from God, for the darkness and the light are both alike to God (Psa. 139:12).
Nothing surprises God, for He sees and knows all things before they happen. God sees, knows, and understands all our secrets, motives, fears, anxieties, and thoughts at all times.
Psalms 139:1-6 – NKJV
1 O LORD, You have searched me and known me.
2 You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off.
3 You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways.
4 For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O LORD, You know it altogether.
5 You have hedged me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain it.
God does not expect us to know everything about everyone and everything in detail, for our minds cannot attain such knowledge. But God wants us to know that He is perfect in knowledge and that nothing ever happened or would ever happen to us without His knowledge.
Isaiah 46:9-10 – NKJV
9 Remember the former things of old, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me,
10 Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure.’
Knowing and believing that God is perfect in knowledge can completely revolutionize your life and faith in many ways. How?
First, knowing that God is perfect in knowledge naturally instills or provokes a reverence, awe, or fear of God in your heart. When the fear or awe of God is absent in your heart, you are simply without any restraint to do evil.
It is the fear of God that restraints men from sin and causes men to depart from evil!
Solomon attests to this truth.
Proverbs 8:13 – NKJV
13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverse mouth I hate.
Proverbs 16:6 – NKJV
6 In mercy and truth Atonement is provided for iniquity; And by the fear of the LORD one departs from evil.
Joseph vehemently refused to sleep with his master’s wife though she constantly enticed or tempted him, not because he feared his master, for his master might never get to know about it, but because he feared God.
In response to the seductress, Joseph thundered, “How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” (Gen. 39:9 NKJV).
Like Joseph, when you truly fear God, you will regard every wrong or evil you do to people as a great wickedness and sin against God. It is those who have no fear of God or reverence for God in their hearts that laugh at sins or rejoice in iniquities (Prov. 14:9).
Second, acknowledging that God is perfect in knowledge boosts your confidence, trust or faith in God. You are mostly nervous, anxious, fearful and fretful because you cannot accurately predict the future and you are not too sure of how things will turn out.
Understanding that your good and loving Heavenly Father knows the end from the beginning will certainly give you peace, joy, hope, and confidence as you sail through the storms of life.
Being perfect in knowledge, God knows how to make all things work together for the good of those who put their trust in Him and depend upon Him.
Where you cannot see or find any way out of your distress, God has countless ways to bring you out and then bring you into a broad and wealthy place (Psa. 118:5).
Nahum 1:3 – NKJV
3 The LORD is slow to anger and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked. The LORD has His way in the whirlwind and in the storm, And the clouds are the dust of His feet.
Moreover, understanding that God is perfect in knowledge would make you seek God more passionately, and depend upon Him unreservedly for guidance, counsel, direction and instructions in life.
You often struggle to obey God and to embrace His counsel because you don’t always remember that while you are limited and imperfect in knowledge, your God is unlimited and perfect in knowledge.
Third, knowing that God is perfect in knowledge will also give you a great assurance that all your labours and sacrifices of love will be amply, fully or adequately rewarded.
On the Great Day of Judgement, God will need no witness for or against anyone, for He knows all things.
Proverbs 5:21 – NKJV
21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, And He ponders all his paths.
Proverbs 15:3 – NKJV
3 The eyes of the LORD are in every place, Keeping watch on the evil and the good.
In this evil world, the wicked and the oppressors might evade justice and even be unjustly praised or celebrated. But God will give them the justice they deserve on the day of judgement. God will judge everyone perfectly because He is perfect in knowledge.
Beloved, don’t be discouraged if no one notices, acknowledges or rewards your kindness, labour, or sacrifice of love in this world. God who sees and knows all things will surely reward you abundantly.
The Scripture amply gives us this assurance.
Matthew 6:6 – NKJV
6 “But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.
1 Corinthians 15:58 – NKJV
58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
Hebrews 6:10 – NKJV
10 For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
Revelation 22:11-12 – NKJV
11 “He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still.”
12 “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.
Prayer: My Dear Heavenly Father, help me to remember always that Your eyes are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good, in Jesus’ name. Amen.