Read Genesis 1 and follow along with the highlights…And God said, “Let there be light,”…And God saw that the light was good.
And God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters”…And it was so.”
And God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place”..And it was so.
And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth”… And it was so.
And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night”…And it was so.
And God said, “Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures”…And God saw that it was good.
And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds”…And it was so.
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness”…And God blessed them.
And it was so.
Behold, it was very good.
Let’s linger long in this passage of Scripture that we are often tempted to skim over. As I jump in, I am taken back by the awesomeness of our God. With words. Only words. Simple words. He created the heavens and the earth. When He speaks, things happen. God has power over all things at all times and in all ways. Theologians refer to this as God’s “omnipotence.”
Psalm 33:6, “By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
and by the breath of his mouth all their host.”
God can accomplish anything He sets His mind to….which leaves me pretty much speechless. I can’t even find matching socks. But God created out of thin air the expanse of the heavens and earth and birds and fish and sea creatures and flowers and butterflies and elephants and hippopotamuses. Drop the mic. We cannot compare. God is great and worthy of our praise.
God is able to do anything (Eph. 3:20). Let’s stop putting limits on Him and doubting His abilities.
But in these verses we also see great tension. God speaks…and it is good. What God does…is good. What God allows in my life…is for my good. And it is here in this raw spot of vulnerability that I struggle.
Do I believe that God is good and He is working all things together for my good (Rom. 8:28)? Do I seek His glory in the midst of my doubt and failures? Will I place my hope in God’s power and trust to see Him work in my unfavorable circumstances?
I don’t know about you, but I often doubt God’s unlimited power. There have been times that I prayed for God to do something and He didn’t come through as I had hoped. As a result, I don’t pray as often as I should. I resist taking everything to God. I try to guard my heart and do things my way. And I know I am not alone. There are a lot of us out there who attend church and say that God is all-powerful, but when it comes down to the nitty-gritty…we only believe God can do some things. I wonder what would change if we start believing that God can move mountains right now?
I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. Job 42:2
We have been given the expanse of creation as a reminder of God’s immeasurable power. So look around today. Remind yourself that God is able to do far more than you can imagine or think!
Does your life show that you believe in the power of God?