Day 5

God Is Omnipotent

from the Attributes of God reading plan

Genesis 18:9-14, Psalm 33:6-9, Jeremiah 32:26-27, Mark 4:35-41, 1 Corinthians 15:20-28, Jude 1:24-25

BY She Reads Truth

God has unlimited power over all things at all times. However, He does not act contrary to His nature.

“Is anything too difficult for the Lord?”

This question has a clear, straightforward answer: No. Nothing is impossible with God. His omnipotence, His all-powerfulness, is perhaps one of the first things we learn about Him. It can also be a spiritual stumbling block for human understanding, in things both trivial and serious.

Along these lines, you may have heard some form of this brain-teaser: “If God can do all things, is it possible for God to create a rock that is too big for Him to lift?” It’s a question that suspends normal logic in an attempt to stump us, but as C. S. Lewis reminds us in his book The Problem of Pain, “Nonsense remains nonsense, even when we talk it about God.”

In more serious matters—in times of grief, struggle, and loss—we wonder, Where is God in the midst of my pain? How could He let this happen? Like the disciples, we cry out, “Don’t you care…?” (Mark 4:38). We echo Martha’s sentiments from John 11, saying, “Lord, if you had been here…” (v.21). When we read these stories, we see them met with near-immediate fixes at the hand of Jesus. But we also know that God does not always stop the storm or raise the dead when we think He should. If God is able to do all things, why doesn’t He “fix” all things, already? Why let hard things happen in the first place?

God holds power over all things, governs all things, and by Him all things hold together (Colossians 1:16–17). And that power, that impenetrable grip on the cosmos, sustains us through every wind and wave that comes our way, whether or not we remain on our feet. In time, we begin to understand His omnipotence in light of His other attributes. God can do anything, but He does not act against His own character or nature: His goodness and justice, His mercy and love.

While His omnipotence is a certain terror to those who oppose Him, it is a resounding comfort to His children; God is good and promises good to those who love Him. Nothing is impossible for Him, and nothing can prevent Him from achieving His good will.

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46 thoughts on "God Is Omnipotent"

  1. Katrina Dowdy says:

    This devotion could not have come at a better time for me. In the midst of this COVID-19 pandemic, I have been getting much less work, been overwhelmed with school, and have had little time to focus on growing my relationship with God. I’m making much less money, and I know that when this is over I have to pay for my upcoming wedding, school, and taxes… but reading this has allowed me to take a step back and understand that I have God with me through all of this and nothing is too hard for Him. He is a provider and a wonderful God. I am so blessed to have Him a my side during all of this!

  2. Jackie P says:

    We are currently battling the COVID-19 outbreak and I started reading this study while stuck at home for weeks on end. Knowing that God is all-powerful and in control of all things is such a comfort in these times. My soul needed this reminder, especially the Mark 4 passage about Jesus calming the wind and the waves.

  3. Carrie Hammer says:

    As I search for a new home, I attempt everyday to start with faith that God is God and will provide. After doing my taxes and finding that I owe money this year, accepting that my housing costs are going up, I still wake to process faith, asking for faith. This morning I read Mark 4:35-41. He asks me if I have faith, and why am I so afraid.

  4. Jennie P says:

    All things, small irritations to major tragedies, are within God’s power and his perfect will. May we fear him as we should, and pray to him with confidence.

  5. Niccole Van Peursem says:

    As a first time mom this has been my experience- that He sustains me whether or not I remain on my feet. I find that so often I react based on my own limitations and desperation and struggle to, in the moment, remember that God is omnipotent. This was a great reminder today, Lord, write this on my heart and bring this to mind the next time waves and wind are coming.

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