Tuesday, October 20, 2020
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Proverbs 5:21 – For the Lord sees clearly what a man does, examining every path he takes. (NLT)

Every class I took in college seemed to have one.

Know-it-alls are people who think that they know it all. During my college tenure, there was at least one in every class. They were the ones who quickly raised their hands when the professor asked a question that he thought no one should know. With a smirky smile, they bellowed their answers and were proud of them — even when they were wrong. They were the ones who prided themselves in asking difficult questions of the professors, thinking that they might be able to stump the one who was supposed to know everything. And they loved to brag … on themselves.

I never enjoyed hanging around with know-it-alls. Their pompous attitudes got in the way of my having any meaningful conversation or relationship with them. A friendly "How are you?" was the most that I could manage. Inside, I felt sorry for them when the professors put them in their place or when I saw others avoiding them because of their attitude. There were times when I knew more than they did, but I wouldn't answer because I didn't want to be perceived as a know-it-all myself.

But there is one know-it-all that I choose to have a relationship with: God. We define His ability to know it all as omniscience. Just as He is all powerful and can be all places at the same time, so He also has the capacity to know the past, present, and future — as well as all of the possibilities that never materialize.

This trait of God is comforting. When I'm down in the dumps, He knows. When the financial crunch crunches, He knows. When the relationship sours, He knows. When the test grade bombs, He knows. Not only does He know the facts, but He also knows the whys behind the facts. He knows how to get me through the financial messes, the soured relationships, the difficult assignments, the tough work atmospheres, and the emotional upsets.

I make a habit of avoiding know-it-alls, but not God. He's not pompous or self-focused. He wants to help me through life's tough spots, and He will if I ask.

Don't wait for life to go downhill before you consult God. He's the know-it-all Who knows it all and wants to help you every day and with every detail.

Prayer: Father, as our heavenly Know-it-all, prompt us to come to You with all of life's episodes — good and bad. Amen.

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen. Thanks for sharing Martin.

    Thank goodness, Martin, that there’s Someone who really does know everything!

    Thank you, Martin. So very true.
    Praise be to God.

    Thanks for the great devotional, Martin. Yes, God is the know-it-all that has the right to know it all!

    Well and don’t you just know it all today when it comes to this truth!
    Good job Martin.

    Thanks, Martin, for this reminder that humility is far better than boasting… unless it’s boasting about God’s goodness through Christ Jesus! Blessings.

    Great job, Martin. This was well-written with a good story, illustration, application, and aim. It gave me something to think about regarding how God already “knows it all” about us.

    Thanks Martin, for today’s devotion.
    I really like it and that you show us who’s watching everything we do and knows it all.

    Hello Martin,
    Thank you for another very resourceful devotional. Yes, we are so fortunate to have our loving God always on duty for us. He is ever ready with the right guidance and there to help us in every situation. He is the one who “knows it all” about our every moment right from the time He created us.
    Blessings for the thoughtful writings you contribute.

    What a refreshing reminder as we face difficult days.
    Thank you.

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