In this entry, we will look at the 39th chapter of Job, which begins with this question from God:

“Do you know when the mountain goats give birth? Do you observe the calving of the does? Can you number the months that they fulfill, and do you know the time when they give birth, when they crouch, bring forth their offspring, and are delivered of their young? (Job 39:1–3).1

Job, of course, had no answer.

And neither do we.

Oh, it’s true that biologists can roughly determine the gestation period of mountain goats through their observation and study, but they will not be able to say with certainty the date and time that a mountain goat gives birth. Doctors cannot even predict with pinpoint accuracy when human mothers give birth.

But God knows.

So, a question. Is it only the exact birthing times of mountain goats of which God is aware? Or does He know this about all animals?

When I brought this mountain-goat question up with a friend of mine, He said, “Yes. And mosquitoes, too.”

My first response was, “Um…”

That “Um” meant that I had regressed to the reasoning of man, which limits God.

But is this knowledge too great for Him? Is this knowledge too great for the God who knows everything? Is there anything He does not know? And if there is, is He then truly God?

The Christian God knows everything. In fact, He created the concept of knowledge itself.

So. If Christians believe that God is the Creator of all things, they would also believe that He created knowledge. Is it possible that the One who created knowledge also would not know all that knowledge is?

Christians are aware that Jesus said that the Father knows how many hairs are on our heads and is aware of the deaths of all sparrows that fall to earth. “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered” (Matthew 10:29–30).

Psalm 147:4 proclaims, “He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names.”

The number of stars in the universe is so large that we cannot comprehend it. However, this verse tells us that God not only knows how many stars there are, but actually has given all of them names.

Revelation 13:7-8 tells us that there is a “book of life of the Lamb who was slain” which contains the names of those whose names were written there “before the foundation of the world.”

If that truth alone doesn’t fill your heart with wonder, then I’m not sure you have given much thought to God’s greatness.

May I encourage you to include this stunning truth about God’s all-encompassing knowledge as you pray? I can state with assurance that it will, over time, do much to strengthen your faith in and understanding of our amazing God.

1All scripture quotations from The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

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