God is Omnipotent (Attributes of God part 3)
The word omnipotent means all-powerful. All power belongs to God. His power is infinite. It can never and will never diminish. Unlike us, God expends no energy that needs to be replenished. I like the way Tozer puts it: “All His acts are done without effort. He expends no energy that must be replenished. His self-sufficiency makes it unnecessary for Him to look outside of Himself for a renewal of strength. All the power required to do all that He wills to do lies in undiminished fullness in His own infinite being.”
When it says, in Genesis, that God rested on the seventh day, it was to set an example for us and our need for rest, not because He was tired.
There is no power or authority in heaven or on earth greater than that of our God.
Ephesians 1:18-23 “having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.”
His omnipotence was demonstrated in creation: Isaiah 44:24 “This is what the Lord says— your Redeemer and Creator: “I am the Lord, who made all things. I alone stretched out the heavens. Who was with me when I made the earth?”
His omnipotence is shown in salvation: Jude 24-25 “To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy—to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.”
He is limitless!
Psalm 147:3-5 “He heals the brokenhearted, and bandages their wounds. He counts the number of the stars; he names all of them. Our Lord is great and has awesome power; there is no limit to his wisdom.”
Omnipotent God – How do I apply this knowledge?
God is all powerful, there’s no doubt about that. So how do we apply this knowledge in our day-to-day living?
Psalms 121:1-2 “I look up toward the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, the Creator of heaven and earth!”
Proverbs 18:10 “The name of the LORD is like a strong tower; the righteous person runs to it and is set safely on high.”
Philippians 4:13 “I am able to do all things through the one who strengthens me.”
God has the power to help you. Not only that; He is willing to help you. But do you trust Him? There’s a difference between believing in God and believing God. You can really only believe someone that you’ve built a trust relationship with.
1. Believe God
I have a few favourite actors. I believe in them. In other words, in their existence, because I’ve seen evidence that they exist. But I don’t know them personally. My fellow countryman and one of my favourite actors is Liam Neeson. I’ve never had a conversation with him, never even been in the same room with him. I know things about him – he comes from the same town as my husband. I know where he went to school and I personally know someone who dated him about 45 years ago. But I don’t personally know Liam Neeson.
It’s the same with God. Many people say they believe in God – You might even be one of those people. That is not going to help you. You need to know Him, personally, before you will start to believe Him.
2. Trust that God is all powerful.
Start by believing that He is all powerful. Then stop striving to fix your problems yourself.
Like the Psalmist says, ‘lift your eyes to the maker of heaven and earth’, the omnipotent God, and ask Him to help and strengthen you. And He will.
Isaiah 41:10 “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”
I find it such an encouragement to know that this is my Father God. The One who is Omnipotent; All powerful.
Did you ever have that age-old argument as a child “my daddy’s bigger and stronger than your daddy”?
How comforting to know, as God’s children, that our Daddy’s strength is infinitely matchless! And that at any time, we can run to Him and know, with confidence that He can and will help us.