Jeremiah 32:17 (ESV)
Ah, Lord God! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you.
(This is part 4 of our study on ‘Who is God‘)
Following on from God the Creator, the first thing I think of after that is how powerful this God must be. I mentioned it in the last post, but for the universe to be so incomprehensibly massive and yet be so amazingly detailed, is just mind boggling. This is a pretty powerful God.
How do we define God then? God is omnipotent, or all powerful. There is nothing that God cannot do, should He chose to do it.
Jeremiah 32:27 (ESV)
“Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?
Note how I defined all powerful – God can do anything should He chose to do it. I have heard many people spending a lot of time arguing semantic points here. For example, since God cannot lie, that makes God not all powerful! NO! God simply doesn’t choose to lie, or to cheat, or to steal, or to commit injustice. I think the error here is with us – not God. God is sinless, perfect – we are not. In fact we are not just ‘imperfect’, but we are born into sin, with a sinful nature we cannot get away from. We can see this with our children that they have to be taught to tell the truth than to gloss over something with a lie or half-truth. We naturally choose to lie because of our sinful natures (See Romans 7 for more on this topic), but God never chooses to lie, because it is simply not in His nature.
Revelation 1:8 (ESV)
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
God is all powerful, there is nothing He could not do should He choose to do it.
So what does this mean for our lives? There is no situation on this earth that God cannot help you into, out of or through. Nothing. If God can create and sustain such an amazing universe, providing for your daily needs is simple. The requirement falls back to us to ask God, and then see what He will do with the situation, because we know anything we ask is within his power.
Secondly, do not confuse a lack of power with a choice of will. Just because God didn’t give you a winning lottery ticket, doesn’t mean God wasn’t powerful enough – but that it wasn’t His will for you to win the lottery. And this doesn’t just apply to things such as gambling, but to anything in our lives. Because God doesn’t give you the promotion, or new car, or partner, or boat, or whatever you have asked for doesn’t mean God cannot do it. It simply means that wasn’t His will at that time – nothing more. In those situations we need to call out to God all the more, not for our needs or wants, but to spend more time with Him and find His true will for our lives!
Ephesians 3:20-21 (ESV)
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.