Is God Omnipotent?
A scriptural look at what to expect from God in a crisis.
Gideon D. Asche
Most Christians consider God to be omnipotent, all-powerful, and capable of anything. We can all quote scripture that would seem to prove this, and few would not argue it to be a fact.
But it turns out… We are incorrect.
Hold on! Before you get out the pitchforks and torches and start shouting, Heretic it’s true. God can do almost anything.
He can experience Anger, Hate, Regret, Love, Sorrow. He can Create, Heal, Bless, Curse, and a long list of other cool things. I tried to make a list of all the things scripture says God can do once, and there are just too many things listed to consider as a whole, so I decided to look for something God can’t do, and I found it.
In Fact, Scripture is very clear about God’s sole limitation. You see, God has one thing he is absolutely incapable of doing: God Can not Lie. (Numbers 23:19 , Heb. 6:18, Titus 1:2)
It makes me reflect on an obscure thought found in Jude. Have you ever wondered why no one ever preaches from Jude? It’s because you can read that one chapter 30 times in a row and still have no idea what Jude is trying to say. He never completes his thought.
There is however one true nugget of wisdom hidden in verse Nine. Jude is contrasting evil with good and uses Michael as an example of good, saying: “Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”
It looks like a relatively innocuous, except if you put it in the context of Michael facing the only entity (other than God) who is more powerful than he. I would have done a Maori Chaka, but Michael was calm – even if he had no clue how it would play out, Michael knew how the conflict would end.
Michael simply puts it in God’s hands and gets out of the way so God can do His thing.
Don’t get me wrong; I am an advocate of fervent active prayer. and I’m sure if the narration was complete, it would include Michael petitioning God in prayer, but he did it with the absolute knowledge that God would, in fact, do His thing. The battle was already won.
Michael had to do his part… but the fix was already in, and the victory in God’s hand. It made me think of David, the child who stood his ground with Goliath.
Later in life, in King David’s worst time. Saul was in pursuit, David was on the run and in dire straits. He was living in caves and cooking his lentils over an open camel poop fire. At this low point … David’s lowest point, he cries out to God for help and all he really says is….
“OK God, Listen here… Things could not get much worse but… I trust YOU to
come through for me on this one…, So don’t make me ashamed of putting my trust in you.”
The actual quote is: “In you oh Lord I put my trust….Let me not be ashamed” PS 31:1; Interestingly enough, this is also the Psalm Jesus quoted from the cross. He puts God’s feet to the fire, reminds him of His own words. David challenges God to come through, knowing He has no choice, God can’t lie.
We forget that “Let Me show you who I am, Let Me show you what I can do,” is the message God wants us to hear when things get hard. Sometimes understanding what God cannot do is more important than what He can do.
If you remember that God can not lie, the rest of life is much easier to cope with.
Be of Good cheer, He is Risen and the battle is already won.