"Lord, Thou Knowest All Things"

“Lord, thou knowest all things.” Such were Peter’s words when, for the third time, the Lord Jesus Christ asked His penitent disciple: “Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou Me?” This acknowledgement of the Lord’s omniscience was another expression of Peter’s faith in the deity of Christ. Not alone did he confess Him at Caesarea Philippi (Matthew 16:16), but at another time Peter said, “Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that Thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God” (John 6:68-69). Peter and his fellow disciples had, during their days of fellowship with the Lord Jesus, abundant evidence of His attribute of deity in His omniscience.

Only God possesses omniscience. Christ our Lord manifested divine omniscience. He knew all things. He knew the innermost thoughts of His questioning and disputing followers. He knew the secret plottings of His enemies. What would take place in the hour of His sacrificial death was not hid from Him. He overheard the conversation between Peter and the tax-gatherer, though He was absent from the scene. He knew all about Judas, who would betray Him; about Peter, who would deny Him. Before Nicodemus became concerned about the kingdom, the Lord knew all about him. He laid bare the secrets of the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well. He knew all the men with whom He came in touch “and needed not that any should testify of man: for He knew what was in man” (John 2:24-25).

Christ’s omniscience is described in Psalm 139: “Lord, Thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting, and mine uprising, Thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, Thou knowest it altogether. Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid Thine hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.”

“Lord, Thou knowest all things!” For us, His people, this is a truth of unspeakable blessedness and comfort. That He who loves us, who is our Lord and our friend, knows all things, should give us daily cheer, daily assurance, daily peace, and teach us daily to walk as in His sight.

He Knows All about Our Sins

He knew us long before we existed, and before our sins were committed He bore them in His body on the tree. With the apostle Paul we all can say: “He loved me; He gave Himself for me.” Surely such knowledge is too wonderful for us! It transcends our finite reason. And knowing all about us, the sins we would commit, the depravity of our fallen nature, the corruption of our hearts, He loved us and redeemed us.

He Knows Our Failures, Our Infirmities, and Our Weaknesses

“For He knoweth our frame; He remembereth that we are dust” (Psalm 103:14). Since He knows our failures, we do not need to fear to come to Him and tell Him all about them and about our mistakes. This is well-pleasing to Him when we bring all these things into the light of His countenance, never hiding anything from Him but confessing our sins and failures. And because He knows our infirmities, we have His gracious sympathy, for “He was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.”

He Knows Our Sorrows and Griefs

He knew the sorrows of Israel thousands of years ago when they were suffering in Egypt. He appeared in the burning bush as the Angel of the Lord, the I Am, and He said, “I know their sorrows” (Exodus 3:7). So He still knows the sorrows of His people. He knows what they are, for He Himself in His life on earth was “a Man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief.” We know that “He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows” (Isaiah 53:3-4). Therefore, we can come to Him at all times with our sorrows and grief, for He knows and is able to give us the comfort we need. “For in that He Himself hath suffered being tempted, He is able to succour them that are tempted” (Hebrews 2:18).

He Knows All Our Burdens and Our Cares

All our anxieties in temporal things are known to Him. He is interested in them, and His Word tells us, “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee” (Psalm 55:22). Knowing our cares, He careth for us (1 Peter 5:7). If we remember this at all times, we shall be able to be careful for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving make our requests known to God (Philippians 4:6).

He Knows Our Various Temptations

Satan came to sift Peter as wheat, but the Lord saw the tempter coming. Before Satan ever could execute his scheme, the Lord had prayed for Peter; therefore, Peter’s faith did not fail, and, though he sinned, Satan could not separate him from his Lord. He knows all the accuser of the brethren is doing; He knows all his wiles and is able to cover His trusting children and deliver them out of the snare. “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).

He knows our motives; He knows when others misunderstand or misjudge us; He knows every wrong done to a member of His body; He knows our secret prayer; He knows our tears and, as David said, puts them in His bottle (Psalm 56:8). He knows every little service done in His name and for His sake, as He knows self-sacrifice and suffering for His name.

“The Lord knoweth the way of the righteous” (Psalm 1:6). He “knoweth the days of the upright” (Psalm 37:18); He knows the way and has promised, “I will … teach thee in the way which thou shalt go” (Psalm 32:8). “He knoweth the secrets of the heart” (Psalm 44:21) as He knows the “soul in adversities” (Psalm 31:7).

What a blessed thing it is, then, to look up and to say with the apostle Peter, “Lord, Thou knowest all things.” What rest it brings to the trusting heart! What assurance of safety!

May we trust accordingly. In every trial, faith can say, “The Lord knows all about it.” In every sorrow and affliction we can claim the comfort that He knows. Whatever bows us down, whatever the perplexity, however mysterious providence appears, we can meet all by saying, “He knows.” Then shall we likewise order our lives in such a way that pleases Him and honors His worthy name. “Lord, Thou knowest all things.”

— Written by Dr. Arno C. Gaebelein in 1927. Reproduced from Foundation magazine, Issue 1, 2018.