The Omnipotence of God

What Others Have Said: Charles Spurgeon

Even the man who knows that every wave that dashes against the ship is washing him nearer home—that every breath of wind that rises comes to his sail and fills it and sends it to the white cliffs of his native Albion—even the man who feels that everything is working for him— even he must say that Providence is amazing! Oh, that thought—it staggers thought! It is an idea that overwhelms me— that God is working in all that happens! The sins of man, the wickedness of our race, the crimes of nations, the iniquities of kings, the cruelties of wars, the terrific scourge of pestilence—all these things are, in some mysterious way, working the will of God! I cannot explain this. I cannot tell you where human will and free agency unite with God’s Sovereignty and with His unfailing decrees. This has been the place where intellectual gladiators have fought with each other since the time of Adam. Some have said, “Man does as he likes” and others have said, “God does as He pleases.” In one sense they are both true, but there is no man who has brains or understanding enough to show where they meet. We cannot tell how it is that I do just as I please as to which street I shall go home by and yet I cannot go home except through a certain road. John Newton used to say that there were two streets by which he could go to St. Mary Woolnoth—but Providence directed him as to which he should use. Last Sabbath I came down a certain street—I do not know why—and there was a young man who wished to speak to me. I say that was God’s Providence that I might meet that young man. Here was Providence, and yet there was my choice—how, I cannot tell. I cannot comprehend it. I believe that every particle of dust that dances in the sunbeam does not move an atom more or less than God wishes—that every particle of spray that dashes against the steamboat has its orbit as well as the sun in the heavens—that the chaff from the hand of the winnower is steered as surely as the stars in their courses—that the chirping of an aphid over a rosebud is as much fixed as the march of the devastating pestilence, and the fall of sere leaves from the poplar is as fully ordained as the tumbling of an avalanche. He who believes in God must believe this Truth of His. There is no standing point between this and atheism. There is no half way between an almighty God who works all things according to the good pleasure of His own will and no god at all. A god who cannot do as He pleases—a god whose will is frustrated—is not a God and cannot be a God! I could not believe in such a god as that.

Verses to Meditate Upon:
Isaiah 40:17-18 ~ All the nations are as nothing before him, they are accounted by him as less than nothing and emptiness. To whom then will you liken God, or what likeness compare with him?
Matthew 10:28 ~ And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
Jeremiah 32:27 ~ Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?

Questions to Consider:
• What are some things that God cannot do because His nature will not allow it? Why do those things matter?
• What are some ways our culture has tried to subvert God’s authority by assigning a meaning or definition to something different than what God declares in His Word? How might you have tried to do this in your life?
• What is one specific way you will use what God has given you to build His kingdom rather than your own “kingdom” this week?

Action to Take:
• Take 15 minutes each day to meditate on a verse or two from Isaiah 40. Consider God’s bigness and holiness, and rejoice that He is the all-powerful God who does not slumber.
• Consider how you might be using God’s gifts to love yourself more than loving God and loving others, and confess that sin before Him, confident in His forgiveness through the Lord Jesus Christ.
• Rejoice in God’s power to defeat death, and pursue the souls of the lost through prayer, presenting the gospel, and showing them that they need to place their faith in the Savior, Jesus Christ.