The Knowledge of the Holy – God is omniscient (Chapter 11)

I’m midway through a study of the classic Christian book, The Knowledge of the Holy, by A.W. Tozer. I’m studying it online with some friends in Asia. These are my notes from week 6. I hope they will bless you. If you would like to join us, please send me a message!

In the eleventh chapter of “The Knowledge of the Holy,” A.W. Tozer teaches that God is omniscient.

Last week we talked about the idea that God is all-knowing or “omniscient.” How is all-knowing different from all-wise? Wisdom and knowledge are not the same. A person can be wise, but not knowledgeable, and a person can be knowledgeable, but not wise. God is both all-knowing and all-wise.

“Daniel answered and said: “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might. He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding.” Daniel 2:20-21
”但以理 说:「上帝的名是应当称颂的!从亘古直到永远,因为智慧能力都属乎他。他改变时候、日期,废王,立王,将智慧赐与智慧人,将知识赐与聪明人.” 但以理书 2:20-21

Tozer defines wisdom as “the ability to devise perfect ends, and to achieve those ends by the perfect means.” Wisdom is knowing the best way to reach the best goals. In the Bible, true wisdom is always used to describe what is pure, loving, and good, while knowledge can include both good things and evil things.

“… I want you to be wise as to what is good and innocent as to what is evil.” (Romans 16:19b)
“…我愿意你们在善上聪明,在恶上愚拙。” 罗马书 16:19

Who is the wisest person that you know? What makes them so wise? Can you give an example of their wisdom?

Believing that God is both all-knowing and all-wise helps us to trust Him. God knows everything. Nothing is hidden from Him, whether good or bad. God knows everything in every city and every country and every person and animal and insect all over the world! And God is also perfectly wise! God always knows what will bring Him the most glory and achieve the highest good for the greatest number of people for the longest time. WOW!

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.” (Proverbs 9:10)
“敬畏耶和华是智慧的开端; 认识至圣者便是聪明。” 箴言 9:10

Things here on earth often seem wrong to us. We think that God isn’t watching. We feel like God has forgotten us. We think that we would have a better plan.

I would have pulled Joseph out of the pit, but in God’s perfect wisdom, He had a better plan.

I would have pulled Jesus off the cross, but in God’s perfect wisdom, He had a better plan.

Sometimes I want to force my husband to do whatever seems right
to me. I need to remember that God is all-wise, but I am not.

“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.”
(Proverbs 14:12)
‘有一条路,人以为正, 至终成为死亡之路。 ‘ 箴言 14:12

When has something seemed wrong to you, but later you found out it was good? Or when has something seemed right to you, but later you found out it was wrong?

To study more about wisdom, you can read through Proverbs, one chapter a day. There are 31 chapters, so you could read one chapter for every day of the month! While you read, look for how the words “wise” or “wisdom” are used. What do you learn from your study?

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Jesus said
That if I thirst
I should come to him
No one else can satisfy
I should come to him
Jesus said
If I am weak
I should come to him
No one else can be my strength
I should come to him
For the Lord is good and faithful
He will keep us day and night
We can always run to Jesus
Jesus, strong and kind
Jesus said
That if I fear
I should come to him
No one else can be my shield
I should come to him
For the Lord is good and faithful
He will keep us day and night
We can always run to Jesus
Jesus, strong and kind
Jesus said if I am lost
He will come to me
And he showed me on that cross
He will come to me
For the Lord is good and faithful
He will keep us day and night
We can always run to Jesus
Jesus, strong and kind

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