Summary: When we know more about the omnipotence of God we can learn many important lessons
God is Omnipotent – He is all powerful and has all authority to do whatever He pleases (2 Chron. 29:10-14)
"Praise be to you, O Lord, God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Yours, O Lord is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O Lord is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, Our God we give you thanks and praise your glorious name...everything comes from you and we have given you only what comes from your hand." (2 Chron. 29:10-14)
In contrast to this truth, there are many who would consciously and unconsciously try to detract from our trust and obedience to our omnipotent God.
Have you ever listened to a radio station DJ who comes on the air and says, “You are listening to Power 98, the most powerful station with the most powerful tunes to power you through the day. That is a feeble attempt to try to simulate God’s power to communicate through His word and His Holy Spirit
Perhaps some of you can gain a better understanding of God’s omnipotence as you think about how you would translate this theological term into a language that does not have it in its vocabulary.
Example: In Nigeria when I tried to translate Trinity into the language they did not have a word for it so we were taught to translate three in one or Uku cikin daya. Everybody repeat that after me, Uku cikin daya. In some way it communicated the power of God that Jesus talked about in the great commission when He said, “All power and authority has been given to me in heaven and earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey all things that I have commanded you. We are to respond to His power with an obedience that takes the gospel to all the people groups of the world so should obey Him as well.
When we had to translate omnipotent into Hausa we faced a similar predicament since they had nothing in their 850 word vocabulary that had been used to write the New Testament for omnipotence. So we were taught to translate it Mai Iko Duka. Everybody say, Mai Iko Duka. That means the owner of ALL power. So when we prayed we would pray, Ubangimu, Mai Iko Duka. That spoke to the heart felt center of everyone’s need to connect to the all powerful God and to fear Him and to submit to His will – especially the Muslims and the animists.
Maybe we should get Jeremiah Smith to lead us in a Trinity cheer to the Omnipotent God,
Ubangimu , Mai Iko Duka, Uku Cikin Daya, Uku Cikin Daya.
The Significance of God’s Omnipotence - (I Chron. 29:10-14)
When we know more about the omnipotence of God we can learn some of the following lessons:
1. We can learn to not fret or over react when bad things happen to us because we know that God causes all things to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose. (Rom. 8:28)
Example: That is why a godly man like Joseph was able to say after 10 years of imprisonment, torture and suffering, to his brothers, in Gen 50:20, “You meant it for evil, but God turned it for good for the saving of many lives.” This way we can trust and obey God even when things do not seem to be working out for us the way we would like.
2. We can learn to be more worshipful, trusting, confident and at ease with God’s almighty power to do whatever He pleases. David wrote in I Chron 29:1
“Praise be to you, O Lord, God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Yours, O Lord is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O Lord is the kingdom you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. IN your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all.”
3. We cannot also learn from men like Habbakuk who said, in hab 3:19, MY sovereign Lord is my strength, He makes my feet like the deer. He enables me to go on to the heights.” He takes us to a higher level of service, satisfaction and significance through His mighty power.