Knowing and Doing

Day 133

Prayer for the day

How glorious you are! more splendid than the everlasting mountains!

Scripture for the day

2 Kings 19-21, John 4:1-30

Omniscience is one of the regularly cited traits of YHWH God. Omniscience is the divine attribute of being all-knowing. Almost any conception of God, modern or otherwise, has some kind of understanding of the all-knowing-ness of God. God is the one who knows what has happened, what is happening, and what will happen. Some people argue about whether or not God causes all those things or if God simply knows all those things, and whether knowing is truly causal (philosophically). Regardless of the philosophical arguments, the omniscience of God is one of the clearest doctrines in Scripture (arguably – and people will!).

What we see in the story of Hezekiah and in his fight with the Assyrians is that while God is certainly all-knowing, that knowledge is put into action regularly. This is not a distant, watch-maker God who wound up the universe and just lets it spin. This is the God who knows what will happen, and who doesn’t just sit there and watch, but ACTS. This is the God who DOES!

In fact, Hezekiah doesn’t have to lift a finger to subdue or destroy his enemy. God simply commands, and the angel of death visits the enemy’s camp and destroys them, killing hundreds of thousands. The slaughter is brutal, but it is enacted by the God who knew everything that would happen and acted on behalf of his people.

Jesus knew much more about the woman at the well than any person should have or could have known. He talks about her having been married several times and the current relationship status. But Jesus doesn’t end the conversation where most of us probably would (“maybe try not sleeping with so many men”). Instead, Jesus takes the conversation and uses it as a transformative act. Jesus doesn’t just know, he doesn’t just see, he ACTS! And when he acts, when he speaks those transformative words, the woman’s life is flipped upside down and she’s changed!

Thank God we serve the one who does not JUST know, but the one who ACTS!

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