“If I could have known in the past what I know today, I probably would have made some different decisions.” It seems that these words are reminiscent of what Solomon wrote while discussing the futility of what has happened in life. We may think that if we knew the future that we would alter or maybe change what would be done. However, a perplexing fact about the omniscience of God is that He already knows the future but doesn’t try to change it, because He has already provided for everything that will ever come up in our lives. Yes, God knows all about us, past, present, future, even before we were born.
This truth is presented in Psalm 139:16 where a description is given of what God knows about us, “The days allotted to me had all been recorded in your book before any of them ever began.” When God looks at our existence, it is with a complete understanding of every moment, success, failure, and event that occurs. Unfortunately, many who look at their life or the life of others see failure, problems, defeat. However, when God looks at our life, even though it may not have been perfect, we face challenges, or insurmountable problems the narrative of scripture indicates that when God looks at our lives that he has hope for a future. In Jeremiah 29:11, even though God’s people have failed miserably, the message that God gives is that it isn’t the end—there is hope for a bright future: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to give you hope and a future.” He has a plan for what is going to happen, really– He knows your future.
Everybody is interested in the future and trying to predict what will happen and develop logistical plans. It’s interesting to me the things people will try to know what the future holds: astrology, horoscopes, reading tea leaves, consulting with people, bio-rhythms. People try all kinds of things trying to figure out what’s going to happen next. They are going to the wrong source. There is somebody who knows what’s going to happen next – it is the omniscient Father who is God. The fact is, God sees my tomorrow, today. He already sees the things we’ll face. He knows my future.
Do you know that God is not limited by time? He can be in the past, the present, and the future all at the same time. It’s like if you were in the Goodyear Blimp looking down on the Rose Bowl Parade. You could see the beginning of the parade and the end of the parade all at the same time, without even stopping it. God, from His perspective, can see past, present, and future all at once. He sees all my tomorrows, today. That gives me great confidence in God.
Isn’t it comforting to understand that He knows everything that is going to happen in my life? He not only knows about the future, He’s there. He not only walks with you day by day, but He’s actually out there in the future. He’s already prepared for everything you’re going to face — tomorrow, next week, and next month.
What happens in the future may surprise us but it’s not going to surprise God. God is not in heaven wringing His hands, wondering what will happen next–nothing ever catches Him by surprise. The crisis that you’ll experience next month, next year, or whenever, the inevitable crisis that catches you and you ask, “What’s happening? Where is God?” God’s been there all along, preparing. He knows your future. He is in your future and He’s prepared for everything. That gives me confidence. I know when I hit that crisis, it may surprise me, but it hasn’t surprised God.
So if God knows the future and it is what it is, then do we just surrender to fate? In the book of James it says, “If any man lack wisdom let him ask God” — Our response is if I know that God knows all my tomorrows, today, then I should ask for advice. Yes, it is true –He knows what’s going to happen. In Jeremiah 33:3 it says, “Call unto Me and I will answer you and I will show you great and mighty things that you know not.” The things you don’t know, God can tell you about. He’s not going to lay out your whole life all at once, telling you everything that will happen in your life. If He did you’d get very discouraged or full of pride or both. He will lay it out a little at a time. He says, “Call to me. I’ll give you advice because I know what’s going to happen!” From God’s perspective, since He knows everything that’s going to happen, you can ask Him for advice now.
Did you know that God knows all our faults and failures and He still loves us? God knows all of our frustrations and my feelings and He cares. Yes, God knows all of the future and will respond with wisdom, if we ask Him today.
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