Matthew 19

God’s Omnipotence

“But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” (v. 26)

There are several good teachings in this chapter, and to choose which one to write about is definitely a hard thing, but one cannot go wrong in uplifting the Lord when it comes to His attributes. Previous to this, Jesus tells us that “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” No wonder the disciples asked, “Who then can be saved?”, the question that prompted our text verse from Jesus. God is able to do the impossible, with Him, a camel could go through the eye of a needle, and come out looking better than he did when He went in! Our God is a God of miracles. We often hear of His wondrous works, but do we really hear them? Do we really believe them, and think of how awesome our God really is? His works testify of His greatness. By the way, that is the way it ought to be with us, our works ought to be seen of men, and glorify the Father in Heaven, and testify of His greatness.

It is hard to imagine that God can do anything He wishes, but therein lies the basis for our faith. I was raised on shows like “Superman” and still cannot fathom the wonders of God, Who is much more than a super man. He is the all-powerful One, the “Almighty”. He is much more than a “super man.” When we realize the omnipotence of God, our faith is well on its way to fruition, and we can see our prayers answered. If we “stick with” God, all things will be possible to us too, by His grace, but He is not a God of foolish entertainment; He does not do things to amuse us or others, but is a God of purpose. If there is a reason or a need for it, God will accomplish it through us. This is where many go awry, in thinking that God does His wonders to show off, or to amuse man, and we treat Him as a plaything that is in our control or under our command. If you truly need a miracle, leave that decision up to Him, He knows what we need even before we ask. Often we look to Him for a miracle so that we will profit from it in some way, and perhaps rob Heaven of another blessing. God can do anything, but He must choose what He will do, and not leave that decision up to us. Let’s quit trying to “steer” him from the direction He chooses to go, and rest in the comfort that He is in control.

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