Q: What is God?
A: God is a spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable, in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness and truth.
Back in January, I started going to the gym. Admittedly, I am more of a bookworm than a fitness expert, so it is a whole new world for me. Katie and I get there at around 6:30 every morning, and the same cast of characters are there: the two ladies who watch QVC and fan themselves while riding stationary bikes, some older gentlemen who are working on their range of motion at the cable machines, and the like. But there is one man who comes in, and you can tell he has been working out for a while. Every time he gets on a machine, it is an exhibition concerning the sheer power a human body can produce. When I see him do the things he does, I have a sense of my own weakness, my own lack of power. And yet even this man, as strong as he is, is weak in comparison to the Almighty.
Our catechism, which is based on Scripture, teaches us that our God is “infinite, eternal, and unchangeable, in his… power.” This means that He is able to do anything, and when He does it, it is planned and irreversible. That is true power: the unhindered ability to bring to fruition whatever you desire. And this is precisely the power that God has.
Nothing is too difficult to Him (Genesis 18:14; Jeremiah 32:27). He “can do all things” and “no purpose of [His] can be thwarted” (Job 42:2). In His power He spoke all things into existence (Genesis 1). By the word of His power, He sustains all things (Hebrews 1:3). Human power and authority is nothing to Him, for He has power over that. He is the sovereign, all powerful King of all the earth, and all human powers and authorities must pay homage to Him (Psalm 2). Indeed, even if a ruler does not comply to the call to submit to the all powerful God, his “heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; He turns it wherever He will” (Proverbs 21:1). Who has the power to send rain or drought? Feast or famine? Who is it that exercises power even the most insignificant events, such as a sparrow falling from the sky (Matthew 10:29,30)? It is God, the Almighty One, who does these things.
In light of who God is, in light of His power and might, we should see our own weakness as frail, fragile, impotent human beings. Apart from His power, we would not exist. If it is “in Him that we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28), then apart from Him we would disintegrate into nothingness. We are dust. It is His power that keeps our dust together. Humility should be the natural byproduct of seeing the power of God.
We should also be encouraged to go to God in prayer because He is all powerful. When we pray, we are not pleading with one who is willing to help, but unable. God is all powerful. As our Father, He is willing to help us in our need; as the Almighty One, He able to help us in our need. Nothing to is too hard for Him, friends. Ask and it shall be given.
In light of the power of God, we should also look to the greatest manifestation of His power: the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Good News of Jesus’ death and resurrection for sinners like us is “the power of God for salvation” (Romans 1:16). The most magnificent display of God’s power is in His saving Hell-bound sinners from destruction by His Son. By His wisdom and might, He performs the impossible. It is in the power of the Gospel that we are able to stand before the Almighty and give praise to Him for His might.
-J. Kyle Brent