God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal and unchangeable in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness and truth. Our culture often thinks about power as a bad thing. “Power corrupts”, we […]
God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal and unchangeable in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness and truth.
Our culture often thinks about power as a bad thing. “Power corrupts”, we say.
But have you ever considered that the one who has the most power, the most authority and the most strength is God?
God has unlimited power, uses that power and is not ashamed of His power.
A Baptist children’s catechism called A Catechism for Boys and Girls describes God’s power this way: “Can God do all things? Yes. God can do all his holy will.”
This is what the Psalmist is getting at when he says:
“Whatever the Lord pleases, he does, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all deeps” (Ps 135:6).
God cannot be stopped by men or angels. No one is strong enough to resist His will and His power.
God cannot be stopped by a lack of resources. He need only to speak and things are created. Jesus said just two words to the storm and it was still. God said just two words and there was light. On top of that, God owns the cattle on a thousand hills (Ps 50:10).
There is nothing God wants to do that He can’t do. “With God all things are possible” (Matt 19:26).
God has power over the created world. It is His mighty power that causes the rain to fall and the sun to rise (Ps 135:7). God exercises this power in the everyday, normal operations of the earth. We see this when we consider the power of floods or volcanic eruptions.
God’s power is specially revealed when He acts in a way that is different to His normal operations. He uses His power to cause the sea to part (Ex 14:21), the sun to stand still (Josh 10:12-13), the water to turn to wine (John 2: 1-11), and the dead to come back to life (John 11:1-46).
God also has power over people. He raises up kings and causes them to fall (Dan 4:17). He turns the king’s heart like channels of water (Prov 21:1).
He opens the eyes of the spiritually blind and puts a new heart in them that they might love Him (Eph 2:4-6). This is the power of God on full display.
We pray to God asking him to act because we know that He is the only one who is able to do all that He wants.
– Tom Eglinton