Today we’ll look at the third attribute of God that is specific to Him and that is His Omnipotence.
So what does the word Omnipotent mean? The dictionary defines omnipotent as having unlimited power, able to do anything. This is exactly what Omnipotent means. It means that God is all-powerful, and there is nothing or no one that has authority over Him. Jeremiah 32:17 puts it this way.
17“Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.”
This also is referenced in Matthew 19:26 “V 26Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
God is all powerful all the time. However that doesn’t mean that He exercises His power all the time. For example, God has the ability to wipe out sin entirely, but in order to do that He would have to wipe out human imperfection; and He will not do that until the time is right. 1 John 5:18-20 puts it this way.
18We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the One who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them. 19We know that we are children of God and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. 20We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.
God gives all humankind the ability to choose; He always has. If He wanted to He could make us obey his command. He is powerful enough to do that. However, the fact that He gives us a choice shows how much He loves us. It’s like with children. If you have a child you try your very best to guide them in the direction they should go, but that child still has a choice to listen or not. You have the ability to make them behave, but are they behaving because they know that’s what you want them to do or are they behaving because they don’t want to get in trouble? It’s a difference in the heart. God being all-powerful has the ability to make us behave, but He wants us to choose to behave and He does this because He loves you.
In this, we see that God limits His power and uses His faithful believers-the ones that are willing to do what He asks. In this respect, it’s a matter of those who are available and willing to submit to what God asks of them. God being all-powerful doesn’t mean that He’s a genie in a magic lamp that pops out and gives you what you want. That’s not what being all powerful is all about. It’s also more that being so shortsighted and saying, “Well, I prayed for someone to be healed and God didn’t heal them. Therefore, God’s not real.” Or maybe someone in church hurt you or gave you a bad picture of who God is and therefore you stopped seeking God rather than pressing in closer to God and finding out what He thinks. You allowed a person to dictate what you would do in your life rather than God. Do you know that with God being all powerful, and all knowing, and everywhere present; that He knows what’s best for you more than anyone else ever could? God knows what’s going on, and He has the power to take care of everything. Just because the answer is no doesn’t mean that He’s not listening or He forgot about you or He doesn’t care. It simply means either the answer is no or He hasn’t given an answer yet, and we need to wait for His answer.
Join me next time when we will look at God being transcendent and what it means.
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