Know-It-All

Posted: November 17, 2017 by keystoneyouth in Incomparable
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Introduction:

  • Part of being human is that we are learners.
  • Each day we learn something new about our world and the people we share it with.
  • Learning something new at school, at a job, at home, about our best friend… those things should excite and exhilarate us.
  • God created and designed us to be learners. We pursue truth because all truth comes from God.
  • But this is also part of the way that we are different then God. God never learns anything new. In fact, God has never learned anything.
    • Isaiah 40:13-14

Big Idea: God has unlimited knowledge.

 Main Points

  • God knows all things.
  • God never forgets.
  • We must learn to be content with a limited knowledge.

God knows all things.                                   

  • God is the only expert on God.
    • We go to an expert to learn something we would not otherwise know.
      • Dr. Oz makes millions of dollars because he claims expertise in areas of health that we would not know if it weren’t for his show. Eat this kale and you will never die. Take this vitamin and all your anxiety will disappear.
    • God is the only one who knows himself fully.
      • To learn about God, we must go to the source. We must go to what he has revealed about himself.
    • God is a never-ending mystery…We will spend the rest of our lives and all of eternity learning… discovering more and more about God.
      • Guy exploring caves video
      • We are meant to be explorers… constantly discovering new things about God and His world.
    • God knows past, present, and future (Isaiah 44:7-8).
      • God knows what has been, what is happening, and what will be in the future.
      • Some people think this means we don’t have free will. That if God knows what we will do, it means that we don’t actually make a free choice. That we are just robots programmed to do certain things.
        • Open Theism – “If we have been given freedom, we create the reality of our decisions by making them. And until we make them, they don’t exist. Thus, in my view at least, there simply isn’t anything to know until we make it there to know. So God can’t foreknow the good or bad decisions of the people He creates until He creates these people and they, in turn, create their decisions.”
      • But this is not true according to the Bible. Part of the mystery of God is how he can be all-knowing and yet we can also have free will. The Bible affirms both and so must we.
        • In the movie Arrival, Louise Banks knows the future… she will have a child who dies of cancer… but she also freely chooses the future.
      • God knows the future, but we also freely make choices that effect the future.
    • God knows us completely (Psalm. 139:1-6).
      • Every action, thought, intention, and desire is laid bare before God.
      • Doctor Orders an MRI
      • God does not need an MRI to see inside of us… he knows all.
      • He knows everything we try to keep hidden… no iPhone passcode keeps God out.
      • The NSA has nothing on God.
      • At first thought this should be unnerving to us…
        • To have someone that invades our privacy is unnerving.
          • Someone peaking in our windows, going through our mail, stalking us everywhere we go.
          • All those things when done by a stranger are crimes!
        • Why? Because most likely that person is out to get us and harm us.
      • But all those things are not weird at all when done by someone who loves us.
      • I will not call the cops if my wife goes through my mail, stares through my windows, or follows me. Why? Because I’m confident she loves me – in fact I give her access to what I would keep private from other people – my phone, computer, bank account, etc.
    • Apply:
      • There is no need to fake it with God – we don’t have to try to hide from him.
      • There is no need to clean yourself up to come to him.
        • If we make a mess as a child or teenager… there is an instinctive reaction to clean it up before Mom or Dad gets home.
      • We can have this idea that we need to clean up our mess before we come to God. We need to get our act together.
        • God already sees and knows – and in fact he sent his Son to die for the messed-up version for you.

 

God never forgets. (Isaiah 40:27-28; 49:14-16).

  • How many of you have forgotten something in your life?
  • We tend to be very forgetful people.
    • We need parents, spouses, notes, and iPhones to remind us of meetings, hw deadlines, to-do lists, and birthdays.
  • What do you tend to forget?
    • We tend to forget what is not important to us.
    • Once I see what time and who the Eagles are playing this Sunday, I don’t forget it throughout the week. Why? Because that’s important to me.
    • If someone tells me what was happening on the Bachelor, I immediately forget it. Why? Because I just don’t really care.
  • When we forget things, it conveys that we don’t really care.
    • The year you forgot your Mom’s birthday.
  • Part of God knowing all things is that he never forgets anything.
  • When the Israelites were in Exile in Babylon… they thought that God had forgotten about them.
    • And here was God’s response… even if a mother could forget her baby, I would never forget you. You are engraved on my hands.
    • Before iPhones, if we really wanted to remember something, what did we do? Write it on your hand.
    • There’s a reason that we put wedding rings on each other’s fingers… so that every time we look down we are reminded of the commitment we made to our spouse. It’s always there.
  • The same could be said of us with God… we are always before him, he never forgets us.
  • Apply:
    • When life is difficult, it’s easy to feel like God has forgotten about us. He didn’t put my suffering in his iPhone and now he has completely forgotten.
    • It is impossible for God to forget us.
    • When circumstances in our lives are difficult, it does not mean that God has forgotten or does not care.
    • He sees, he knows, and he is still with us.
      • This should be of great comfort to us when we suffer.
      • He remembers, he cares, he is with us.

 

We must learn to be content with limited knowledge.

  • Part of being human… being the creation of a God with unlimited knowledge… is that we have limited knowledge.
  • We all instinctively know this… there are certain subjects, topics, and areas of which we know nothing about. And if we open our mouths we will look like a fool.
    • When Bri starts talking with her nurse friends… I am immediately in the dark. “He had a shifted vascolur sphincter. We had to intubate him stat and push 31 milligrams of extragestrin in.”
    • I know very little about the medical field… I am amazed by it and everyone who works in in, but I know very little about it.
  • Our minds have limited storage. We cannot know everything there is to know.
    • And so, when we pursue knowledge and information, we should ask ourselves if it is really worthwhile.
      • Backpacking and packing things that really aren’t that important… a coffee maker, extra clothes, a cooler and ice pack.
      • When you backpack, you need to decide what is worth filling your backpack with.
    • Part of the rise of the internet and Google is that we in some ways think we can be omniscient. We have unlimited information at our fingertips.
      • But just because we have access to all sorts of information, does not mean we should try to consume all that information.
      • We should ask ourselves, is the content that I am giving myself to pursue each day really worthwhile… or is it just overloading me.
        • I know a lot of Pop Culture trivia… my wife knows very little. And when I step back and think about it, it’s all pretty pointless.
        • My Habit of checking ESPN.
      • One way to learn to be content with limited knowledge – is to choose wisely what information and knowledge you spend your time pursuing. Is it information and knowledge that helps me grow in love and knowledge of Christ? Is it information that enables me to better use the gifts God has given me? Is it information that helps me to better serve God and other people? Or is it really pointless information that I’m just overloading my mind with.
    • Another way we learn to be content with limited knowledge is to entrust God with the future.
      • We cannot know the future.
      • Not knowing the future can often cause us worry and anxiety. We labor over all the “What-ifs?”
      • Thinking about having a child scares me. Because there are so many unknowns. I have no idea what they will look like – will they have Bri’s good looks or be ugly like me? I have no idea what their personality will be like. I have no idea what their life will be like? Will they be successful? Will they grow up happy? Will I do something to mess their lives up? Will they get sick and die young?
      • Every area of our lives is full of unknowns – we can worry, get anxious, feel overwhelmed.
      • Or we can walk in obedience to God and trust him with what we do not know.
    • I think part of why God doesn’t reveal the future to us to trust him.
    • We don’t know the future, we don’t have the answer to all our what if questions… but the God who knows everything, already has it all planned. Can we trust him?

 

So What??

  • Come to God as you are. Don’t try to clean up the mess or fake it before coming to him. He already knows and loves you as you are.
  • In the midst of pain and suffering, know that God has not forgotten you or abandoned you. He is with you. You are engraved on his hands.

Trust God with whatever future scenario is causing you to worry. You cannot know the outcome, but God

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