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Knowing Even A Snail's Pace

Because of God’s infinite and intricate knowledge, we can be confident in our trust in him.

 

If I tell you I am going to do something quick as a wink, how fast is that? Do you know how fast a wink is? If I say, "I wouldn't do that for all the tea in China," how much tea are we talking about? Don't you know? If I say, "I haven't seen you in a coon's age," how long has it been since we've seen each other? Don't you know? If I complain that one of my kids is moving at a snail's pace, how fast is he going? Do you know a snail's pace?

You don't know the answers to these questions, do you? But God does. God knows those things. God knows that a wink is one third of a second. How much tea is there in China? According to a recent estimate, about 370,000 tons. What's a coon's age? Thirteen years. How fast is a snail's pace? Ten feet an hour. If he comes through that door while I'm talking and really hustles, we'll make it out of here by about five o'clock. God knows those things.

In fact, God knows everything. Everything that could be known, God knows. That's one of his attributes. God is omniscient. "O." All knowledge. God has all knowledge. All the knowledge there is to have, God has.

I would like to focus on how vast is God's knowledge. I would like to focus on how all encompassing, how penetrating, how specific is God's knowledge. I would like us to see how absolute is God's knowledge. Then having seen it, I would like us to be encouraged by what that means to us. I would like us to see how good it is for us to know it.

God's knowledge is vast, specific and personal.

How vast is God's knowledge? How encompassing is it? The Scriptures say God distinctly knows every star that exists. Billions of stars. God knows their unique he has given every one of them a name, billions of names. I can't keep straight the names ...

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Donald Sunukjian is Homiletics Chair and Professor of Christian Ministry and Leadership at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California.

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Text: Matthew 10:2931

Topic: Why it's good that God knows everything about us

 

Introduction:

  • God's knowledge is simultaneously and specific.

 God's knowledge is vast, specific and personal.

  • Vast: He numbers the stars and gives them names.

Psalms 147:4

  • Specific: He knows everything to the least detail.

Illustration: A woman buys two parakeets, brakes suddenly on the way home, the cage falls to the God will be attentive to them.

Matthew 10:29

  • Personal: He knows us better than we know ourselves.

 God's choices are good for us.

  • He won't give us more than we can handle.

1 Corinthians 10:13

Illustration: Sunukjian tells of his first pastoring job, where he felt constantly compared to his predecessor, Jim Border. When he heard Border might return to start another church nearby, he felt threatened. Border didn't come back, because "God knew I couldn't handle it."

 

Conclusion:

  • God brings only what in his omniscience he knows we can handle, so we can be confident in his goodness.

 

 

 

 

Sermon Outline:

Introduction

God's knowledge is simultaneously all-encompassing and specific.

I. God's knowledge is vast, specific and personal.

II. God's all-knowing choices are good for us.

Conclusion

God brings only what in his omniscience he knows we can handle, so we can be confident in his goodness.