Now for the final act, lets take a look at the attribute that makes God, God.
God is Omnipotent– unlimited power, able to do anything (also known as “all powerful”)
This is the attribute that makes God, well, God. While the first two attributes we discussed are mighty and unrivaled on their own, power is possibly the first thing one thinks of when they think of God.
Jeremiah 32:17- “Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.”
God is all powerful. There is nothing that transpires neither in Heaven, Hell, the universe, nor on Earth that is not subject to the power of the Almighty God. This is a subject of great debate among believers and non-believers alike.
A common rebuttal used by non-believers to dismiss the existence of God goes something like this:
“If there really was an all-powerful, all-loving, unicorns and rainbows, God ruling above everything and everyone, then there wouldn’t be evil things happening left and right in the world.”
This question was even proposed to God Himself in the Bible!
Habakkuk 1:3- “Why do you make me look at injustice?Why do you tolerate wrongdoing? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds.”
Our friend Habakkuk, (try saying that three times fast) wrote this verse as a complaint to God. He, like many today, wanted to know why an all-powerful God allowed such evil things to happen to the people He loves.
There are also believers out there who do claim God to be the ultimate authority and power in the universe, but in the same breath, state that God does not allow bad/sinful things to happen.
Both of these groups are missing the point entirely of who God is.
God is omnipotent. The very word omnipotent has no limit! One cannot be omnipotent over only good and not evil. If this was the case, God would have limited power.
If God does not allow evil things to happen, then God does not have power over evil. If this was the case, you might as well stop reading this blog because there would be no point. If God did not have power over evil, then our situation in dealing with the spiritual forces of darkness would be quite hopeless!
You may breathe a sigh of relief to know that God does in fact have Almighty power over all things. Good and Evil alike. This is Omnipotence.
If we accept God to be the all-powerful, Master of the universe, then we must accept the fact that God does in fact allow evil things to happen.
Wait, what? Why?
Simple, because God allows free will.
Joshua 24:15- “But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
In this verse, Joshua is offering the people of Israel a clear choice. Either serve God or find something else to worship. But the concept of serving the Lord was presented as an option, not a requirement.
If God only allowed people to do good, and not evil, then humanity would not be free. Happy perhaps, but not free. Since God desires genuine companionship with mankind, He has granted us free will and does not interfere when we exercise it either for good of for evil.
This is very hard for some people to accept. While God allows all things to happen, both good and evil, He makes a a promise of brighter skies beyond the rainy days.
Romans 8:28- “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
God promises His followers that all things will ultimately work together for good. He doesn’t just say “good things work together for good”. All things include acts of both good, and evil.
Some content excerpted from “Monsters Walk Among Us”
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