“God stretches the northern sky over empty space and hangs the earth on nothing. He wraps the rain in His thick clouds, and the clouds don’t burst with the weight. He covers the face of the moon, shrouding it with His clouds. He created the horizon, when He separated the waters: He set the boundary between day and night. The foundations of heaven tremble; they shudder at His rebuke. By His power, the sea grew calm. By His skill, He crushed the great sea monster. His Spirit made the heavens beautiful, and His power pierced the gliding serpent. These are just the beginning of all that He does, merely a whisper of His power.Who, then, can comprehend the thunder of His power?”
Job 26:7-14 NLT
Omnipotent…It’s a big word that simply means “All Powerful.” This describes God, the Almighty! Whether you believe it or not, God can do ANYTHING…as long as it falls in line with His purposes…
“I know that You can do all things, and that no purpose of Yours can be restrained.”
Job 42:2 WEB
“But our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases.”
Psalm 115:3 MEV
…and His character.
“So God has given both His promise and His oath. These two things are unchangeable, because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to Him for refuge can have great confidence, as we hold to the Hope that lies before us.”
Hebrews 6:18 NLT
“You know that He appeared to take away sins, and in Him there is no sin.”
1 John 3:5 ESV
“God is not a human being who speaks falsely, nor a mortal, who feels regret. Is God one to speak and not act, to decree and not bring it to pass?”
Numbers 23:19 NAB
“If we are faithless, He remains faithful—for He cannot deny Himself.”
2 Timothy 2:13 ESV
Some people have questioned whether or not it’s “impossible” for God to lie or if He just chooses not to. Take a look back at Hebrews 6:18 (listed above). The Greek word for “impossible,” used in this verse, is “adunatos,” which comes from two Greek words: “alpha” (meaning “not”) + “dunatos” (meaning “possible” or “able”) = “not able or possible.” I think “impossible” is quite an adequate word to describe His inability to lie! He can’t “deny” (“contradict”) Himself; He IS Truth (John 14:6, 16:13, 17:17)!
As I was thinking about this the other day, I got to thinking about how we identify ourselves with God. Maybe we call ourselves “believers” or “Christians” (“little anointed ones”). If this is true, then we identify ourselves as children of God through faith in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:26-4:7), God’s Son, and have the Spirit of Christ in our hearts, crying “Father! Father!” So, if we’re children of God and have a healthy relationship with our daddy, we love Him dearly and are dependent on Him. Keep trackin’ with me, here…
If God is in us…the same God who’s unable to sin or contradict His character…don’t you think He’s a good daddy and can be relied on to help us, as we try to imitate Him?
And if He’s unable to contradict His character, why do we think it’s ok to act in a way that contradicts HIM, when we belong to Him?!?
“Well, you didn’t see what she did to me! She totally had that comin’!”
“They only seem to listen if I yell!”
“Why should I forgive him? He doesn’t deserve it!”
“Well, if I told you the truth, I’d hurt your feelings.”
We have our excuses, don’t we?!? But if we have God inside us…the One Who can do anythingthat pleases Him, we should be truly reflecting Him by making choices that also please Him. If we’re acting contrary to His character, we’re acting like He’s not in us…like we’re not identifying as His kid. If we, as a believer in Christ, contradict Him, we give a false representation of Who He is to others. It’s not about seeming “stuck up,” “intolerant,” or “too conservative.” It’s about truly representing Who God is!
That’s enough for me to pause and dig deep, asking the Spirit to show me any inconsistencies in MY life. How about you?
Yesterday and today, I've been able to work a bit on the study, buttoning up another day! I'm officially more than half way! I have 6 weeks and 1 day of the study completed! Praising the LORD for that! Loved that this day focused on Christ's burial. Timely!