Understanding God – Omnipotence
God is truly omnipotent (omni-potent) or All-Powerful. By stating that God is all-powerful we mean that God is not limited in any way to do those things He desires; whether in the realm of eternity or within the bounds of time. All things done by God are for His pleasure and for His glory. See Revelation 4:11 “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” Further, Paul elaborated on this in Romans 11:36 “For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.” Notice the prepositions in that verse: of, through, and to.
It’s a common theme in Scripture for the power of God to be revealed. Rev 19:6 “And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.” And again in Matthew 6:13b “…For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”
In my years in church I have seen many that doubt the omnipotence of God.
Doubts arise with the narrative of the creation. The first chapter of the Bible is the story of how God created the heaven and the earth, and all that is in them. It’s a lack of faith that causes the believer to duck and run for cover when the world mocks the creative week. However, for those who believe in creation, the Bible commends your faith. In Hebrews 11:3 “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”
It is God who created the first pair of humans to populate the earth. This is important. God, who is omnipotent, could have instantly populated the earth, but that was not His plan. God was after a godly people to have fellowship with Him. Malachi 2:15a-b “And did not he make one (pair)? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed.”
Because of this important fact, all humans descended from the first pair, Adam and Eve. We are all truly one blood. Acts 17:26 “And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;”
One of my favorite Bible stories which people will doubt the power of God is the narrative of Jonah’s whale. Some have said that the gullet of the greatest sea animal is not large enough for a man; much less that a man would live three days and nights in said animal. The book of Jonah has a key verse which explains much…Jonah 1:17a “Now the LORD had PREPARED a great fish to swallow up Jonah…” God had no problems preparing that great fish (whale in Matthew 12:40 “For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”).
How did Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego survive Nebuchadnezzar’s fiery furnace? Daniel 3:17 “If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.”
How did Balaam’s mule speak? Numbers 22:28 “And the LORD opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times?”
How did God feed the Children of Israel in the desert? Exodus 16:4 “Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no.”
How did Sarah, at 90 years old, conceive and give birth to Isaac? In all these things and more, they happened because nothing is too hard for God. In Genesis 18:14 “Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.”
Finally, the angel which announced the impending birth of Jesus to Mary also informed her of her cousin Elizabeth which was pregnant with John the Baptist. Luke 1:37 “For with God nothing shall be impossible.”
Our LORD God specializes in the impossible.
See you in church. ---Bro. Louis