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Attributes of God- Part 2
Many of us have heard and may even have sung the song: "There's Nothing My God Can't Do." When we sing the lyrics of this song, written by Dottie Rambo and Jimmie Davis, we can't help but smile as we think of how our God is depicted. It says:
"He measures the sea in the span of His hand; Mountains were placed at His command. At the sound of His voice the sun broke through; and there's nothing no nothing that my God can't do."
It is a good piece of music because it poetically and beautifully proclaims a biblical truth about our God. The God of the universe is omnipotent. This is a fancy term that can be broken down into two Latin words meaing: "All Powerful." It simply means that our God can do anything which is not inconsistent with His character. For example lying is inconsistent with the character of God and therefore, is something that He cannot do (Hebrews 6:18).
I. Scripture and God's Omnipotence
We learn about God's omnipotence in both the Old and the New Testament's. In the very first book in the Bible, we see God revealing Himself to Abram as "the Almighty God" (Genesis 17:1). Job, in the midst of his suffering, after being confronted by the Sovereign of the universe, stated this: "I know that You can do all things, and that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted."
In the book of Jeremiah, the great prophet speaks to God and says: "Ah Lord God! behold, you have made the heaven and earth by your great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for you" (Jeremiah 32:17).
Our Lord Jesus Himself proclaims in Matthew 19:26 that: "With God, all things are possible." And He confidently says in Matthew 28:18 that: "All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth." All of Scripture agrees that the God whom we serve is unlimited in power and might.
II. Evil and God's Omnipotence
Some have asked the question: "If God is all powerful, then why didn't He create a world in which there is no suffering, pain or sin? Couldn't He stop wars, or prevent them from happening in the first place? The simple answer to that is yes. An omnipotent God can do all of these things. But we have to remember that God did create a perfect world. It was man who caused all the suffering because of sin. And if God had made a man and woman who couldn't sin, then we wouldn't have free will. We would be little more than robots programmed to do His bidding. But God chose to make us in His image, with the ability to choose right from wrong, and most of us would not want it any other way. So God freely limits His omnipotence to allow for our free will.
Also, we must remember that God's omnipotence is not the only attribute that He has. His omnipotence is tempered by His justice, holiness, wisdom and knowledge. And only an all- knowing God can know what is best to bring about the best possible end, and lead to His greatest glory.
Thankfully, God has done something about the pain, suffering and sin caused by our abuse of free will. He sent the Lord Jesus Christ to earth to take care of the sin problem. And one day we will live in a world without mourning, or crying or pain (Revelation 21:4). Ultimately, omnipotence wins out, as it must by definition.
A God who is omnipotent is one who is more than capable of handling any problems that you or I could ever imagine. There is nothing that can happen to us that He is incapable of taking care of, either in this life that we live, or the life to come. There is no being in this, or any other universe that He has to bow to. And if you know Him and and He is your Father through faith in Jesus Christ, then He is on your side. And as one person has said: "God and you are a majority."
The Apostle Paul has said it well:
"What then shall we say to these things? If God be for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not freely give us all things?"
We are related to and serve an omnipotent God. Let us stop worrying about our problems and completely hand them over to Him to solve for us. We will be surprised by what He can do.