THE OMNIPOTENT GOD
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
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“‘Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?’ declares the LORD. ‘Like clay in the hand of the potter, so you are in my hand, Israel.’” Jeremiah 18:6

Some attributes of God’s character are difficult for us to understand because these are not qualities God shares with us. The first of these attributes is His omnipotence. We understand the concept of having power over something, but God’s omnipotence means He is all-powerful. He has infinite power over all creation, seen especially in His actual act of creating, and we can receive security and comfort from the fact that God has command over all things and events.

Many Christians debate exactly what this command over creation looks like. Some believe God’s omnipotence means He is in total control, where every single event is caused and guided by His sovereign hand. Others believe God’s omnipotence is more reactionary, where He limits Himself by giving us free will, and His greatness is seen by coping with anything that goes wrong. This debate is not likely to be settled anytime soon, but Scripture does tell us certain information about God’s omnipotence that we must consider.

Jesus refers to Satan as “the prince of this world” three times. Similarly, 1 John 5:19 states, “We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.” It is important to remember that even though God is all-powerful, sin is still a real and active presence in this world. We will never understand the mysteries of God’s mind, but we are not to hold God responsible for evil. He is not some mastermind sitting in a control room, pushing buttons and controlling our disobedience.

God is like a potter who remoulds the clay when things go wrong. For instance, God never intended for His people to have a human king, meaning David should never have been a part of God’s original purpose for history. God not only remoulded the clay to give Israel a king, but He allowed His Son to be known as the son of David and the ultimate fulfillment of Israel’s kingship. None of our actions catch God by surprise. His remoulding does not make the best of a bad situation, but is God bringing us out of a bad situation, and moulding it into something that seems best to Him.

Rather than getting caught up in the complexities of theology, what matters is that none of our actions make us useless to God. We may feel we have committed sins or missed opportunities that would keep God from using us, but this is not true of Scripture. As part of His omnipotence, God longs to remould each of our lives in whatever way seems best to Him so that He may bring about “His good, perfect and pleasing will” for us (Romans 12:2).

PRAYER: Sovereign Lord, You alone know what is best and how to make it come about. Thank You for Your power over all things, driven by Your love for us. Thank You, God.


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