How Does The Knowledge of God Inform My Theology of Leadership?
By Pierre Bitar October 9th, 2015
Are you aware of the term “omniscience?” God fully knows himself and all things actual and possible in one simple and eternal act. Take a little time to read this post to learn the meaning of the word and its value in the life of leaders.
At first look, the omniscience of God may seem to be a simple concept—God knows everything. The more we study the Bible, the more we come to understand what an incredible fact that is. God fully knows Himself, and as the only one who is infinite, only He can fully know Himself in every detail. This idea is suggested by John’s statement that “God is light and in Him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). We understand from this context “light” is moral purity and full knowledge. There is “no darkness at all” in God. He is holy and is entirely “light.” As a result He has perfect self-knowledge. Moreover, God has full knowledge of all things as applies to creation; God is the one before whom “No creature is hidden from Him, but all things are naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must give an account” (Hebrews 4:13). I like how David reflects upon the amazing detail of God’s knowledge of our lives. He knows our actions and thoughts: “Lord, you have searched me and know me. You know when I sit down and when I stand up; you understand my thought faraway” (Psalms 139:1-2). He knows even the words we will say before they are spoken: “Before a word is on my tongue, You know all about it, Lord” (Psalms 139:4).
The fact that God is omniscient, is very essential for leaders. It can make a shift in their ministry if they grasp God’s omniscience. As I am writing this blog, I feel how unaware I am and how omniscient the God I worship is. He knows everything in detail about me and even my desires and dreams. In 2011, my desire was to study Masters of Art in Christian Leadership in the United States. With the little knowledge I had I didn’t know or see how that would happen. I started to ask myself questions such as: Which college should I apply to? How do I get a scholarship? Will the American consulate grant me the visas for my family? With those questions, I saw God leading me to my destiny step by step. First, He opened my eyes to apply to study at Christ for the Nations with a full scholarship. Then, after moving to the states and studying for one year the Lord led me to plant an Arabic church in Allen, Texas. Because my visa is a student status, I had to keep studying until I got my R-1 visa. Therefore, God opened the door at the right time to study for my Masters of Art in Christian Leadership at Criswell College. With His foreknowledge, He led me into this process to be able to fulfill my dream. God knew what steps I needed to take and when to open each door. I am so grateful for my heavenly Father who is the omniscient God who sees the full picture of my life from the beginning until the end. This reality gives me confidence, rest and security. I trust in His knowledge, knowing that nothing is hidden from Him, and that His will is always perfect.
In 2014, the Lord called me to plant an Arabic speaking church in Allen, Texas. I was still in the process of planting and reaching out to the community, whether by events, evangelism or by building relationships with new families. After a year of ministering with the community, I could tell that planting a church was not an easy work, but I trusted God in this ministry knowing that, “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion” (Philippians 1:6). Therefore, I can reach out to my community and minister with them without burden for God knows the future and destiny of His people. God is the owner of the ministry and the church. In His knowledge, He knows the hearts of the people, and the core group that will build His church in Allen. It is not about me anymore; it’s about Him. This gives me rest.
As I meditate upon the Divine perfection of God, I bow down in adoration before the omniscient God. Thank you, Lord, for your perfect will in my life. I trust in You, believing that my church is in your heart and mind. You will never leave me; You will accomplish the picture of my church that is in your mind. Amen.