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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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March 2, 2010 - He Knows It All

By Jerry Scott

Years ago, when personal computers were still uncommon, I bought one. Tech support and standards were nonexistent, so owning one was an adventure. I decided to upgrade my computer, confident in my knowledge. My exploration inside the box ended with an inoperable machine! Someone who knew more than I did told me that I had created something called an IRQ conflict by failing to properly set some jumper switches on the card I was installing. Basically, I had two pieces of hardware using the same electronic address, which led to my PC freezing up. In that moment I realized I didn’t know as much as I thought I knew.

God is the one true Know-it-all, in the very best sense! Nothing surprises Him. No situation baffles Him. What a glorious assurance. Pondering this, my response is akin to that of David who sang, “O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord. You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand!” (Psalm 139:1-6, NLT).

The Scripture tells us that even as God knows what is happening, He promises to help us while events are unfolding. The LORD is capable — amazingly so — of taking the circumstances of life and bringing them into line with His purposes. Doesn’t it make sense to trust Him, even as we work with Him, to see His plans brought to completion? Paul says, “And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don't know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God's own will. And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them” (Romans 8:26-28). Yes, that, too, is “too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand!”

God’s omniscience (knowing all) does not relieve you and me of our responsibility to intentionally live within His will. He has invested the gift of us in us. So, James urges us to make this choice: “Look here, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.’ How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog — it's here a little while, then it's gone. What you ought to say is, ‘If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.’ Otherwise you are boasting about your own plans, and all such boasting is evil. Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it” (James 4:13-17).

Are you wondering what the next step should be? Has your life frozen up after you tinkered with things, messing them up? Don’t despair! Ask the best Know-it-all for guidance. “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5, NIV).

— Jerry D. Scott is senior pastor at Washington (N.J.) Assembly of God.

 

 

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