When we talk about God’s omnipotence, the fact that God is all powerful, we are highlighting the fact that God is able to do anything that He pleases. In Jeremiah 32:27 God says of himself “I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?” This rhetorical question does not get answered because the obvious answer is a resounding “NO!” There is nothing too hard for the the Lord. Out of the infinite depths of His power, God spoke the universe into existence, sustains it, and carries it into the future. Every vibration of every atom and fusion in the farthest star finds the source of it’s energy and power in God.
Theologian Wayne Grudem says “It is not entirely accurate to say that God can do anything.” Psalm 115:3 says “Our God is in heaven; He does whatever pleases Him.” The Bible is very clear that God is not limited in His ability to accomplish whatever purpose or action that is pleasing to Him, but the Bible also says in Hebrews 6:18 that “it is impossible for God to lie.” God cannot sin, He cannot be tempted with evil, and He cannot deny Himself. (2 Tim. 2:13, James 1:13) God can do anything that is consistent with His perfect moral character, but He cannot do anything that is outside of His perfect holiness, goodness, and perfection. To have a problem with the fact that God cannot do something that is against His character is to presuppose that there is something that God wishes to do or should do that could only be accomplished if He acted outside of His character. The truth is that God can accomplish anything He wants to while never acting in a way that is inconsistent with His nature.
The fact that God is completely uninhibited in accomplishing exactly what He wants to should give us confidence and hope for the future. If God was a God of good intentions, lacking the ability to bring to fruition something that He intended or promised, He would be nothing more than a cosmic nice guy. But Ps. 24:8 declares that He is the King of glory, strong and mighty, mighty in battle. Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us…” If God has promised it, He will do it. God says in Isaiah 46:10b, “My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.” God is the only being that can say this because He is the only being with unlimited and infinite power. God promises to sustain us, sanctify us, comfort us, mold us into the image of the Son, and bring us into glory, and nothing can stop Him from doing it.
~ Prayer ~
God, give me rest in the knowledge of your infinite power. Give me confidence and joy, knowing that all of the promises in Your word will be fulfilled because nothing can stop you. In the dark night, when I am afraid, when I fear for the future, cause my heart to cry out to You because You can do immeasurably more than I ask or imagine. Give me confidence in prayer, knowing that not only is Your power unlimited, but that Your power is inseparable from your love and goodness.
By Patrick O’Rourke, Groups Minster at Redeemer Church