I started a series a long time ago in a previous post about two questions. Sometimes I have a long time between related posts and I do not understand why. I get busy, or thinking about something else. Often times, like this one, I need to learn something while I am processing it. While I was processing, we had an airplane go down.
This is the first question from that series.
The title is Swahili for “Is God able?”
I am sure many of you are jumping to the obvious answer. Of course God is able. No one (OK, you in the back, put your hand down, no one in their right mind) will challenge that answer. However, do you really believe that? What limits have you put on God? How much do you believe God is able in your heart?
Since you may not be thinking that way right now, let me lay down some ground work so that we can be on the same page and not dispute the answer later when we come to applying it.
Let us look at some verses that deal directly with it.
Is anything too hard for the LORD? Genesis 18:14a
That is a rhetorical question, the answer is no.
Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You.
Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me? Jeremiah 32:17,27
God clearly states His abilities.
I know that You can do everything, And that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You. Job 42:2
It took him a while to reach that conclusion, but eventually Job got it right. A process most of us go through, often, if not daily. Is God really able? Trust me, you doubt it often. I know because I do not live like I believe it. If you look at the beginning of Job you see that even Satan cannot act without God’s “permission.”
But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26
We always see the world through our own eyes. That is what we know and understand. However, we have to remind ourselves that God does not. All things are possible.
For with God nothing will be impossible. Luke 1:37
Am I beating a dead horse? Maybe, but stay with me. You must believe this to go any further. We are going to get into some heavier stuff.
For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. Col 1:16-17
A creator is responsible for his creation, no one knows it better. Paul is telling us that nothing can even consist without God. He holds all things together. There are some interesting physics questions here that I will not go into, but scripture tells us that He is the whole reason anything exists.
Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Matthew 10:29-30
This is where we might get into trouble. This is where the sovereignty of God can get us into a bind if we do not understand God enough. Most of this will come in the next post in the series, but it needs to at least be addressed here. God is sovereign. He is in control of everything. Not only is He aware of every sparrow that falls, it is not “apart from” His will! (Interestingly, bird and airplane are both “ndege” in Swahili.) Am I saying God caused that plane to fall from the sky? Perhaps I am. Do you believe God was able to keep it from falling? Yet it fell. I know that is tough to understand, hopefully in the following posts I can help you to understand it.
God is in control. He is in control of everything. There is nothing He cannot do, or can be done with out Him.
Edit: The next in the series is “Je Mungu anakupenda?”