Word of the Month

The Lord knows everything!

August 2007

On a number of occasions, the Old Testament relates that the Lord God came down to the earth in order to examine certain situations a little more closely. For example we can read about Sodom and Gomorrah, two cities dominated by sin. The Lord told Abraham that He would go down and see the conditions for Himself (cf. Genesis 18: 21).

We can read of a similar situation that occurred during the construction of the tower of Babel: “But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built” (Genesis 11: 5).

These pictorial descriptions of God correspond to Old Testament conceptions. They are human efforts to describe God’s actions and make them understandable. But behind them lies a comforting thought: the Almighty does not depend upon others to inform Him of what is going on! Rather He Himself knows everything, and assesses it all from His divine perspective. Each and every day He knows how each individual is doing. Or to express it in the same pictorial manner, He comes down personally to see and determine precisely what lives in your soul, and what thoughts, concerns, and needs imperil each child of God. The Lord knows everything – that is a great comfort indeed! I am convinced that the Lord knows us much better than we know ourselves. We cannot fool the Lord.

Human beings certainly assess many things differently. Very often we tend to depend more upon “hearsay”, and then react to it. Afterward we must often concede that things were not at all the way we were told! As a result, we were deceived – or we deceived ourselves.

There is no fooling the Lord. Everything is clear to Him. With Him there is only light. Let us permit this light to shine upon us and penetrate us in each divine service. May it always touch and delight our souls, and bring us peace and joy!

(From a divine service by the Chief Apostle)