The dictionary defines “Omnipotence” as a “divine attribute signifying
“infinite power” (Funk and Wagnall’s Dictionary, 1974). Infinite power
is a mind-boggling concept we humans have difficulty comprehending. Yet,
the Bible tells us that God can do anything, and that nothing is
impossible for Him.
Our faith in God is based on the knowledge that He is a loving God, and
that He is a God of truth. Accepting His magnificent promises means,
also, accepting that He is an Omnipotent Being on whom we can totally
rely today and for eternity. We believers trust God that He will
resurrect the dead, that He will come to rule over the whole earth and
that He will neutralize the hosts of evil, including the prince of evil
himself. We trust God that He will create a New Heaven and a New Earth,
and that He will bring with Himself a wondrous New Jerusalem of stunning
beauty and dimensions where He will reside among transformed humans. The
fulfillment of such wondrous promises demand a God with awesome power—almighty
Christians believe in and depend on the notion of God’s infinite power.
We are awed by the reality that God created our awesome universe out of
nothing, and that He exerts titanic power to keep it running. We are
overwhelmed by the idea that God would create an unfathomably gigantic
universe containing an estimated 100 billion galaxies, each of which is
made up of about 100 million stars. We are awed by the fact that He
created all living beings out of nothing; that he created Adam “of the
dust of the ground,” (Genesis 2:7). Only a being with awesome power
could bring about the inundation of the whole earth (Genesis 7), the
elongation of a day to allow Israel to finish its victory over the
Canaanites (Joshua 10). Only such a mighty God could bring the dead
back to life (Mark 15), and His Son back from the dead into a glorious
state (Matthew 28).
The Bible teaches the magnificent truth of God’s omnipotence from
Genesis to Revelation. It is, therefore, quite meaningful that God
introduced Himself to Abraham giving emphasis to this great truth. “I am
the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect” (Genesis
17:1). Sarah, Abraham’s wife, could not accept this reality and doubted
God’s promise that He could make her bear a child, being beyond the
child-bearing years. “Should I surely bear a child since I am old?”
(Genesis18:13). God took the opportunity to teach her a fundamental
truth and asked her: “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” (V.14).
Job had no difficulty accepting God’s endless power. “I know that Thou
canst do everything” (Job 42:2). Isaiah thundered the same truth
to Israel: “ In the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength” (Isaiah
26:4). God’s mighty archangel, Gabriel, reassured Mary when she
expressed doubts about the promise that she would bear a child without
any sexual contact: “”For with God nothing shall be impossible”
(Luke 1:37). Christ totally supports this same great truth in the New
Testament: “With God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).
Lastly, in the last book of the Bible, we read that the great multitudes
of angels shout the same reassuring truth: “The Lord omnipotent
reigneth” (Rev. 19:6).
Who is the God that we believers worship then? Is He a God of limits? Is
there any situation, any person or any great impediment that can stop
Him? Has any great leader of the past, or will any great leader of the
future, resist His will? Is there any disease He cannot cure? Is there
any blind, deaf, mute, paralyzed person that he cannot heal? Is there
anyone dead He cannot resurrect? Can believers ever find themselves in
any seemingly impossible situation God cannot deliver them from?
When things get tough, we know that nothing can prevent God from
intervening and saving us, no matter how serious the problem may be.
“The Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither His ear
heavy that it cannot hear” (Is. 59:1). Believers have at their disposal
the “exceeding greatness of His power” (Ephesians 1:19) and know that He
is “able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think”
God is Almighty, and He is the God of great and seemingly impossible
Nothing is impossible for God!
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