A New Word



Are you ready for a new word? No, not the one that was accidentally invented by our President in a tweet this past week. This one has to do with the One—God Almighty and His attributes of strength.

Perhaps you have heard of some of these theological terms: omnipresence (God is all-present), omniscience (God is all-knowing), omnipotence (God is all-powerful). This new word also contains the same Latin root, omni, which means “all.”

OMNISAPIENCE (ALL-WISE)

Health Lambert explains in his book,  A Theology of Biblical Counseling:1

Omnisapience means that God always understands what is best….

cover85287-mediumImagine that you have been offered to jobs at two different companies. You know who your boss will be at each place, you know your job description, your salary and benefits, and you know what your spouse thinks about each option. You know all the facts, but still cannot decide which of the two positions you should take. We experience such indecision all the time. It demonstrates that knowledge without wisdom is often meaningless in practice. All the information in the world is worthless without the wisdom to know what to do with that knowledge.

It should be very encouraging to us that God not only knows all things, according to His omniscience, but He also knows what is best, according to His omnisapience.

The apostle Paul exalts God’s omnisapience in Romans 11:33-34 when he says, “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and inscrutable His ways! ‘For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been His counselor.'”

Notice how the apostle Paul praises not just God’s knowledge, but also His understanding. Paul asks rhetorically who has been the Lord’s counselor. The assumed answer is that no one has because God does not lack wisdom. Since He does not lack any wisdom, He does not need anyone to help Him weigh options as we do almost every day of our lives.

Each of these attributes are interconnected to one another. Imagine a god who is omniscient (all-knowing) but clueless as to what to do? Even worse, how about a god who is omnipotent (all-powerful) but reckless with no direction?

Thankfully, Scripture gives us an altogether different picture of the One true God. We can place our confidence completely in God and in His comprehensive wisdom. He is omnisapient (all-wise); and He promises to share His wisdom with those who ask, “if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5).

May this truth about God help you today. May it encourage you, especially in those trying moments when you lack understanding—you can go to Him in prayer because He is our all-wise, all-understanding God. He is omnisapient.


SOURCE:

1
 Lambert, Heath. A Theology of Biblical Counseling: The Doctrinal Foundations of Counseling Ministry (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2016). 117-18.