Chapter Sixteen


Let's Talk About It:  I AM All-Knowing

"In Him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge."  (Colossians 2:3)

1.  Has anyone ever said any of the following to you:

   "If only I had known..."

   "I didn't know you could..."

   "I wish I knew how to help you..."

Have you ever thought about what God would say to you instead:

   "I know..."

   "I know you can..."

   "I know exactly how to help you..."

With that in mind, who do you go to first when you need wisdom?  Is anything holding you back from turning to God first and trusting in His guidance?

2.  Based on what you read in this chapter, how would you finish the following statements:

    *Because of our human limitations and flaws, our knowledge can be _________________.

    *Because of God's holiness, unlimited power, and eternal omnipresence, His knowledge is ______.

3.  Read Romans 8:28 -- 30.  If God "foreknew" those who would love Him, what does that say about the extent of God's knowledge in relation to the past, present, and future?  Do you think God simply knows the past, present, and future, or does He simultaneously exist in the past, present, and future--- "an eternal present"?  Explain.

4.  Unlike Christianity, some religions believe that their god continues to grow, learn, and "evolve" over time, like humans do.  Id that were true, what would it imply about the extent and reliability of their god's knowledge?  What implications would that have for the trustworthiness of their religion's holy book?  Why?

5.  Read Luke 22:33,34.  Compare what Peter thought he knew about himself to what Jesus actually knew to be true of Peter.

6.  Read Luke 22:33,34.  Like Peter, have you ever done something hurtful that you thought you would never do?  Do you find Peter's story encouraging?  Why?

7.  How do you feel about the statement "There is not a thought in your mind or a motive in your hart that God does not know":

___ Uncomfortable     ___Exposed     ___Reassured   ___Guilty   ___Afraid   ___Relieved   ___Angry   ___Other

Explain why you feel that way.  Does the fact that God is also loving, merciful, and unchanging affect your answer?


On an index card or your favorite electronic device, write the following statement and verse, or just take a picture of it:


God, because You know everything,

I will come to You with all my

questions, concerns, and worries.

"In Him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge."  (Colossians 2:3)


Look at it when you get up, when you go to bed, and at least once during the day as a way of intentionally shifting your focus from yourself to God.  During one of those times each day, take a few minutes to reflect on the positive benefits in your life of God's omniscience.