January 15

What Can God Do?

Bible Reading: Exodus 15:1-18; Job 42:2; Ephesians 1:19-23; Psalm 121:1-2 

The power output from the sun is 382800000000000000000000000 watts. That sounds like a lot, but it is actually small in comparison to the power expended in the gamma ray burst (GRB) of a supernova. The most powerful GRB ever recorded occurred in September 2008. If the power of that explosion could have been captured and converted it would have produced enough electricity to supply the entire Earth with 13.8 octillion years of power. Octillion = a number equal to 1 followed by 27 zeros. That’s a lot of power, especially when you consider that there have been and will be other GRBs. 

All that being said, the One who created all things and those stars, is even more powerful! In fact, He is omnipotent, which means God has the power to accomplish any end He desires. Stephen Charnock put it this way: “The power of God is that ability and strength whereby He can bring to pass whatsoever He pleases, whatsoever His infinite wisdom may direct, and whatsoever the infinite purity of His will may resolve.” 

God’s omnipotence is revealed in countless ways and examples throughout Scripture, but a few stand out. Creation itself testifies that God is an all powerful God (Romans 1:20; Revelation 4:11). The deliverance of Israel from Egypt was something the Jews praised God for and remember to this day, as evidence of the glory and greatness of His power (Exodus 15:6-7). Jesus’ triumph by way of His death for sins and resurrection from the dead, over sin and death and the devil himself, testify to the omnipotence of God (Ephesians 1:19-23). What is striking about this text in Ephesians is Paul’s prayer that the believer might realize “what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe” (Ephesians 1:19). This omnipotence of God is not merely theological or theoretical, it has direct relevance to the believer and is actually availed to him! Its focal point is not God giving us some kind of superhero power for some obscure purpose. No, the omnipotence of God is manifest in the miraculous work of salvation, by which we are saved from the penalty and practice of sin. We are washed clean so one day, we will stand in the Glory of His Presence. 

The phrase “He is able” is recurrent in our Bibles. Humanly we often need to be reminded of what our omnipotent God is able to accomplish in our lives. He is able to: 1) make you stand (Romans 14:4); 2) establish you (Romans 16:25); keep you from falling and present you faultless before His glory (Jude 24); make all grace abound toward you (2 Corinthians 9:8); keep that which you’ve committed unto Him against that day (2 Timothy 1:12); build you up (Acts 20:32); transform your lowly body to be like His glorious body (Philippians 3:21); save you to the uttermost (Hebrews 7:25); do exceeding abundantly beyond all that you ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). “What shall we say to these things? If God (the omnipotent God) is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31). 

Charles Spurgeon, “O my soul, what can destroy thee if Omnipotence be thy helper? Rest thou secure. If Jesus is thine all prevailing King, and hath trodden thine enemies beneath his feet; if sin, death, and hell are vanquished by him, and thou art represented in him, by no possibility canst thou be destroyed.”

Author: looking2jesus13

Having served as pastor at Lewis and Clark Bible Church, in Astoria, Oregon, for almost three decades, my wife’s cancer diagnosis led to my retirement and subsequent move to Heppner to be near our two grandchildren. I divide my time between caring for Laura and working as a part time hospice chaplain and spending time with family and spoiling my chocolate lab.

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