(Part 3 of “How Would you Describe God?”)
The world tells us that great people are known for getting things done. Supposedly, they know how to exert their will, motivate others to follow, and to make things happen. But think about it… our power is very limited. We can change our thoughts, fix our attention on a particular object, and voluntarily move muscles in our body. But beyond this, our inherent power cannot go very far without the help of other means or resources. If a person wants to fly from one destination to another, they must employ other resources. They will need a pilot and an airplane, fuel, airports for take-off and landing, and more. It is not the same with God though. Resources are not necessary for Him to carry out His will and plan because He possesses all power and resources (Psalm 148:5-6; Jeremiah 32:17; Matthew 19:26; Luke 1:34-37).
- By the sheer exercise of His will, God spoke and created things (Psalm 33:6‑9). He accomplishes His will, without effort or loss of power (Isaiah 40:26,28; 42:5; 48:12-13).
- He is free to exercise His will and does so according to “His good pleasure and kindness” (Ephesians 1:5,9; Philippians 2:13). He never feels limited, nor is He inactive. He does not need help or someone to coerce Him in order to act and accomplish things.
- There is no absolute power in God that would disconnect Him from His character and perfection. He cannot lie, tempt us with sin, deny Himself, and change His character (Numbers 23:19; 2 Timothy 2:13; James 1:13,17).
- His supreme rule over all things is accomplished by His great power to act at will without the help of any second cause or means (Daniel 4:34-35). He also rules by making governing decrees or powers, both natural and spiritual, that provide for us sun, rain, food (Genesis 1:16,18). He provides for us what is needed for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:2-4) through His Word (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
It is the power of God that has saved us through the Gospel (Roman 1:16). It is the power of God that will sustain us through life’s circumstances (2 Corinthians 4:6-10; Ephesians 1:18-19). Powerful people do not push God on others, rather they give convincing proof by how the power of God has changed their life.
This thought was written by Paul M. Curtas, General Director of FCAP.