The Omnipotence of GodPosted: August 20, 2009 Filed under: Gospel Boasting Leave a comment
Jeremiah 32:17 ‘Ah, Lord GOD! It is you who has made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you.’
Luke 1:37 For nothing will be impossible with God.
God has done, and is able to do all things that He pleases. The power of God describes Himself: it is infinite, and there is no one that can change it in the slightest. The believer can boast in this power of the Almighty God, knowing that it was by the word of His mouth that He created the heavens and the earth.
God is unlimited in His power, and there is no scale to measure it. God’s power reigns above all of the creation that He has made. There are no influences on the power that He holds. If God wills something to be done, it is! No questions; no thought process; no “what if’s,” and no worrying about what other people may say. For when God pleases to do something, He does, and that is the final word. The largest and mightiest armies can try to overshadow God’s power, but it cannot happen. The ability which God holds in doing what He wills with His power is not only unlimited in its amount, but it is also unlimited in the way the Lord uses it. Whatever His will is pleased with is done. Many try to find ways around this power in describing God as being limited in what He can do. For believers to boast in God’s power, they need to see that it works in accordance with His will, and that what He wishes to be done in His perfect plan; He does. God will never contradict Himself in how He uses His power. God also will never use this power wickedly or immorally. And God will never use His almighty hand and word of mouth to deny His own nature in who He is, nor will He allow it to alter His plan in all eternity.
As for the believer, he must never try to fully grasp or understand how God uses His will. Rather, the believer should see the enormities of the power and limitlessness of God, and praise Him for His gracious character in allowing us to enjoy it. Oftentimes, men (and, yes, that includes believers) see themselves as untouchable or powerful in that they can achieve whatever they desire. It is most important when boasting in the gospel to realize that God could use His almighty power and merely speak the words He wishes, and whether the person be a believer or an unbeliever, his life is over. The believer can enjoy the Almighty God in whom they serve, for the word’s from his mouth speak, “Let it be” – and there it was. For the believer to boast in this, he must give God the glory due to His name. The believer must find delight in the perfections of God’s power, the certainty of His upholding, and the might of His will, which made all of creation. God can do whatever He wills, and that is all the believer can boast in. When the believer sees that God is the everlasting source of power, life, perfect activity, and is totally faultless, how can he not find his contentment with this God? How can the believer not boast in living for a God who can do all things? For there is nothing impossible for the Lord who is the maker of all things and the One who sanctions how creation is lived out. His unlimited power will endure forever, and there the believer can find rest in the arms of his God. But what leaves the believer in awe of savoring this all-powerful God is that we can know for sure that His power is always 100% perfect for His best, which is for our best as well. We see that God uses His character and His traits so that He may be boasted in among all people. Every way, every day, and every time God uses His power – from the tiniest bit of it to the enormous amount which kills thousands in seconds – it is made for His sake, and His name alone. The believer must boast in the power of God for the reason that God uses it to make Himself known and look glorious to the believer, so that he can not only glory in it, but become satisfied in it as well.