The Knowledge of the Holy: The Omnipotence of God
[Editor’s Note: This is a 23-Day Series exploring different aspects of God’s nature and personality, using Tozer’s “The Knowledge of the Holy” as a discussion starter. You can read the introduction of the series here.]
In my early days of following Jesus, when someone taught you how to talk to someone about Jesus they would teach you how to talk to people about sin, the need for forgiveness, and how forgiveness only comes through Jesus. Basically they would teach you how to walk others through the “Romans Road.” In the years since those early days, it has become harder and harder to convince people about the reality of Jesus by simply explaining those concepts. Instead, people want what works. They want their lives impacted by something and no matter how true something is, if it doesn’t “work” then they’re not interested.
This is why today’s chapter on God’s omnipotence is so important. Tozer clearly points out that God’s sovereignty (or His ability to rule as a king) is directly related to His omnipotence (His power). If God isn’t powerful enough to make what He wants happen, then He can’t be the king of anything. But it’s exactly because God is almighty (all-powerful) that He can be the true King of kings.
Next Tozer looks at the facts: The phrase “almighty” is used 56 times in the Bible. It is only used of God because God alone is the only being with all the power. He alone is supreme in the universe. Also, because God is infinite, there is no end to God’s power. It is never diminished even when He uses His power or gives it to another. Because of this, God is the source of all power in the universe. The very fabric of creation itself is being held together by His power. His power is so constant and perceptible that secular commentators have taken it for granted and called it “the laws of nature.” That God has power isn’t so much the question as much as our willingness to see it.
Finally, Tozer invites us to consider the implications of the omnipotent God inviting us into a relationship. For those of us who have set our hearts to submit to Jesus and follow Him, God’s omnipotence is a great encouragement. We are following the only being in the Universe able to affect everything. Tozer completes the chapter telling the story of A.B. Simpson, who halfway through life and facing an illness, heard the lines of a negro spiritual extolling God’s power and was struck to the heart. He went and sought God and came away healed.
This is the real truth that we must apprehend. The world (and the church) are tired of hearing about our omnipotent God who we say is powerful, but they never see do anything. The power behind this truth is not in the theology. We all believe God is powerful. The power behind this truth is the demonstration. We have a world utterly burnt out on powerless religion and unfulfilled promises. What the world needs are men and women who have experienced God’s power and aren’t afraid to believe for God to show His power on behalf of others.
How do we do this? As with any part of the gospel that we are not experiencing, faith comes by hearing. We first fill our minds and our hearts with the message the Bible has to share with us about God’s power. As we begin to hear the Bible’s message about God’s power, we increasingly begin to believe that God wants to show us His power. And when we believe God is powerful and will show it, then we will begin to see it. And as we see God’s power displayed, it becomes much easier for us to have confidence in God’s power.
Friends, the world is dying. It doesn’t need theories of God’s power. It needs to see demonstrations of God’s power. If we are to see many people born into the Kingdom of God, they must believe Jesus has the power to reign as King in their lives over every evil thing. And they must see that in our lives before they will believe it in their lives. So join me, would you, in asking God to show us His mighty power in our lives and the lives of those around us. The result will be many others who wish to be part of His Kingdom.
Oh, that you would burst from the heavens and come down!
How the mountains would quake in your presence!
As fire causes wood to burn
and water to boil,
your coming would make the nations tremble.
Then your enemies would learn the reason for your fame!
When you came down long ago,
you did awesome deeds beyond our highest expectations.
And oh, how the mountains quaked!
For since the world began,
no ear has heard
and no eye has seen a God like you,
who works for those who wait for him!
Those are my takeaways. What are yours? Share them in the comment section so we can all grow together.
It’s not to late for you to join in with us. You can catch up in the posts below:
The Knowledge of the Holy Series
Day 1: Why We Must Think Rightly About God
Day 3: A Divine Attribute: Something True About God
Day 5: The Self Existence of God
Day 6: The Self Sufficiency of God
Day 9: The Immutability of God
Day 10: The Divine Omniscience
Day 12: The Omnipotence of God
Day 13: The Divine Transcendence
Day 14: God’s Omnipresence
Day 15: The Faithfulness of God
Day 16: The Goodness of God
Day 17: The Justice of God
Day 18: The Mercy of God
Day 19: The Grace of God
Day 20: The Love of God
Day 21: The Holiness of God
Day 22: The Sovereignty of God
Day 23: The Open Secret
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If we live our lives under our own strength, we will never see the power of God. If we live our lives by the strength of God, we will always have new stories to tell others about the power of God.