Have you ever noticed that people tend to have a really limited view of God? Perhaps it was just the particular church I grew up in, but I used to view the world as “reality” and God as “this guy that intervened a LONG time ago but doesn’t really do much these days.” This is a very limiting view of God. It’s a comfortable view of God, though. It means he may not notice if I don’t quite do what I’m supposed to. It means I might be able to think something I shouldn’t and slip it by Him. I might be able to keep secrets from God.
Now clearly, this is NOT a Biblical position to take. God is omniscient, omnipresent, an omnipotent. There are no secrets, and he can intervene at any moment. However, it goes beyond that: God sustains and maintains the entire universe moment by moment. How can we possibly understand such a thing?
I’m a geek. Here’s a way to think about it that makes sense to me: consider a computer. Normally we think of the hardware as the “reality” and then we have an operating system and programs running in it. We tend to view God as being like a user of the computer. He can interact with it, but the programs kind of run around doing their own things. The viruses sneak around under the radar, and the office suite just does its thing.
That’s not the way I think things actually work. God isn’t a user. Users are limited. God is more like a VM server. There is no computer, just a virtual machine. EVERYTHING is running in the VM. EVERYTHING is maintained by the VM. The VM knows about every virus, every service, every peripheral, every application. None of them can function, not even the hosted OS, unless the VM lets them.
This is what God is like. He sees EVERYTHING, even if it’s a rootkit or virus. He runs EVERYTHING, even the memory is simulated and can be forced to “fail”. He can change ANYTHING, because it’s all visible and anything can be paused, rearranged, or reworked at leisure without any awareness on the part of the hosted system. This is what God is like. Total access, total awareness, total control, total ability to interrupt the normal functioning of things. Think about it.