We are often posed the question, “Does God know what we are going to do before we do it? Are we predisposed to do it?” I have also heard the question put this way. “Does everything happen for a reason?” Or closer to the issue at hand, “Do you believe the Bible?” The answer to every question posed is a resounding and unequivocal yes. “But how can this be? Don’t I make my own choices?” you may be thinking. outright rebellion may be welling up in your heart. It did in mine. I hated this truth when first I learned it. Now, however, there is no greater a comfort to be found.
This truth would not be a truth however, without biblical texts to back it up.
Isaiah 46:8–10 (ESV)
8 “Remember this and stand firm,
recall it to mind, you transgressors,
9 remember the former things of old;
for I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is none like me,
10 declaring the end from the beginning
and from ancient times things not yet done,
saying, ‘My counsel shall stand,
and I will accomplish all my purpose,’
Ephesians 1:3–6 (ESV)
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.
Romans 8:28 (ESV)
28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Psalm 139:4–6 (ESV)
4 Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.
5 You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high; I cannot attain it.
But what is the point of having such a view of God? What happens then and to what does it amount? The point is that such a sovereign God can and does do all things and that such things he does according to his will alone. He does not ask another person’s opinion. He does not seek out counsel. He accomplishes his goals. With such a view in mind think about Psalm 27:1
Psalm 27:1 (ESV)
1 The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?
Or Romans 8:31
Romans 8:31 (ESV)
31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
How comforting these passages become when we realize that God is absolutely, totally, completely omniscient. There is nothing and no one outside of his knowledge and, thereby, his power. What a magnificent God we worship! Soli Deo Gloria!