God told Moses that He had a work for Moses to do. He reassured him that a Savior would come in the future. Then, He explained how He knew all of this: “All things are present with me, for I know them all” (Moses 1:6; see also Doctrine and Covenants 38:1-2).
The word “present” has both a temporal and a spatial meaning. My first reaction to those words is to think about God’s awareness of past, present, and future events. Jacob taught that “the Spirit…speaketh of things as they really are, and of things as they really will be” (Jacob 4:13). Mormon testified that “the Lord knoweth all things which are to come” (Words of Mormon 1:7). And Alma spoke of God’s “foreknowledge of all things” (Alma 13:7). Alma even taught his son Corianton that God relates differently to time than we do:
All is as one day with God, and time only is measured unto men.Alma 40:8
Another meaning of the word present is “in a particular place.” Our understanding that God has a body implies that He can only be in one place at a time. (See Luke 24:39, Doctrine and Covenants 130:22.) Yet the Bible Dictionary refers to Him as “omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent (through His Spirit).” Because He knows all things, He is aware of what is happening at every place, whether He is physically present or not. (See 1 Nephi 9:6, 2 Nephi 2:24, 2 Nephi 9:20.)
A third meaning of the word present is “fully focused on or involved in what one is doing or experiencing.” I personally have a difficult time multitasking, and so it is unfathomable to me that God is not only aware of everything that is happening in the world right now, but is also fully engaged, fully present. Whether I can understand it or not, I rely on it. I pray with an expectation that He is listening and considering my words important, just as He does for each of His other children. I take comfort and confidence in the fact that God is a perfect multitasker – that all things are fully present with Him.
Today, I will be grateful for God’s knowledge of all things. I will be grateful for His awareness of each of us and for His willingness to engage in the details of our lives.