In this time of the Coronavirus pandemic, people may ask if God really knows about everything. Can I have the comfort that God knows about me, what I personally go through? Is he with me? Every moment?
Rüdiger Gamm has the ability to do complex calculations mentally. He has already performed before audiences, on TV and over the radio. He is one of a small group of people called super humans. When questioned on which day of the week the 23rd of November 1965 fell, he immediately said: ‘Tuesday’. We know 24 = 2 × 2 × 2 × 2 = 16. But Rüdiger Gamm was also asked in front of an audience how much 8712 is. It means 87 × 87 × 87 × … (for 12 times). Within a few seconds he gave the answer: 1880 3168 2201 4976 7261 8081. It is so extraordinary that we can’t help to think that, humanly speaking, it is completely impossible.
In the Bible we read about the amazing characteristics of God. David writes: LORD, you have examined me and you know me. You know everything I do; from far away you understand all my thoughts (Ps. 139:1 – 2). Jesus tells his disciples how important they are to his Father and therefore they may know that He takes care of them: “Two sparrows are sold for a penny, aren’t they? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father’s permission. Indeed, even the hairs on your head have all been counted! So stop being afraid. You are worth more than a bunch of sparrows” (Matt. 10:29 – 31). Some people will say that these words of David and Jesus should not be understood literally. Is it really so that God knows everything about me, and so too about each of the seven thousand million people on earth? Does God know of each sparrow, and of every hair on my head? If people like Rüdiger Gamm can do something extraordinary, there can surely be no limit as to what God can do. Remember the Lord asks Abraham: Is anything impossible for the Lord? (Gen. 18:14).
We cannot see God. To make it easier for us, the Bible often uses human images to speak about God. God is Someone who doesn’t forget our suffering: You have kept a record of my tears. Aren’t they listed in your book? (Ps. 56:9). If we doubt God’s capabilities, we read: See, the LORD’s hand is not too short to save, nor are his ears too dull (deaf) to hear (Is. 59:1). Like an artist working with his fingers, such is the image of God moulding his creation with his fingers: When I look at the heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you established – what is man that you take notice of him, or the son of man that you pay attention to him? (Ps. 8:3 – 4).
God has indeed thought of us and cared for us in an extraordinary way. God is more than the human images used to explain his Being.. He became a human being in Jesus Christ. John writes about Jesus: what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we observed and touched with our own hands—this (Jesus) is the Word of life! (1 John 1:1) Absolutely extraordinary! That Jesus was born from a virgin and that He rose from the dead – so extraordinary that it is difficult to believe. It is humanly impossible to believe that He Himself came to save us from Evil, that He Himself paid for our sins on the cross. To enable us to believe, God even comes to our assistance with the extraordinary gift of faith: For it is by God’s grace that you have been saved through faith. It is not the result of your own efforts, but God’s gift (Eph. 2:8). It is só true: Nothing is too extraordinary for the Lord!
Thank you Lord that we may know that You are almighty and that nothing is too extraordinary for You.
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