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Tuesday, June 27, 2017 2:38 PM

You Don't Understand Me!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 2:38 PM
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 2:38 PM

I have heard children say to their parents when wanting to do something that the parent was not happy about or believed it was not in the child’s best interest, “You don’t understand me!” I am sure that I said that a time or two to my parents as I was growing up. One of the great human needs is the desire to be understood.

The Judeo-Christian heritage teaches us about the omniscience of the God in whom we believe. We believe that God not only knows all things but understands us in a very sympathetic manner. For instance, Matthew 6:32 “Your Heavenly Father knows that you need all these things” is a declaration of God’s knowledge of our weakness and awareness of our needs. It also informs us that God is willing to bring God’s sympathetic care into our lives.

God’s characteristic of omniscience reminds us that God is aware of the perplexity of the human condition. It enables us, at times when our knowledge is incomplete concerning the realities of life as well as punctuated with problems which seem unsolvable, to realize that God is not only sympathetic but also empathetic. Theologian Jurgen Moltmann wrote of the God we encounter in Christ as God crucified. This, in part, means that God in Christ knows first-hand the complexities of human existence and is always ready to bring redemptive sympathy and empathy to us in a way that can transform, make better and help us when we need greater strength and a more complete knowledge. Thus, again, God is omniscient in understanding us and always ready to walk with us in and through whatever state in which we may find ourselves.

The Psalmist writes of the omniscience of God in the following way: God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains tremble with its tumult. Psalm 46:1-2

– Doug Fairbanks

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