The Almighty God

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When Abram was ninety-nine years old the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless,” (Genesis 17:1)

And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!” (Revelation 4:8)

To think of God as Almighty comes pretty easily. In some senses the word “almighty” has become a surname for God, and he is called “God Almighty” in the same was as Jesus is often referred to as “Jesus Christ”. The word is familiar, and many of the prayers in our services begin with the phrase: “Almighty God…”. To think of God as Almighty is easy, but it may be that our familiarity has robbed the word of some of its power.

To say God is almighty is simply another way of saying omnipotent, that he has all power. It means that there is nothing in all of creation which can overpower God. All creation is of his making, and he has power over it all. God cannot be resisted or overcome. He is All-Mighty. He cannot be overwhelmed or conquered. God cannot be defeated or overthrown. What he decides, happens. He is all-powerful and omnipotent. He is almighty.

This should be a tremendous comfort. I’m sure you’ve had the experience of making a promise you just couldn’t keep. Circumstances changed, events got in the way and things were no longer possible. Not so with God, what he says he will do, he will do. This is the God into whose hands you can safely place your life. This is the God who calls you to turn and follow him. No wonder we sing with wonder:

Ponder anew what the Almighty can do,
if with his love he befriends you.

The Good Shepherd

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. (John 10:11–18) - Oh sheep, as you wander Jesus seeks you out! Can you hear his voice, calling you home in accent clear and urgent? As you stray, look up and see the shepherd coming to you. Here is one who alone can safely lead you though death, and bring you to the heavenly fold. Listen to no other voices, and follow no other paths. There is but one good shepherd. And he seeks you out.

God Most Wise

to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen. (Romans 16:27) - To understand that God is wise, means that he is timeless and trustworthy in all that he says. A wisdom which takes a wider view, and transcends modern fads, fashions and trends.

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