Everybody loves a Super-hero story. There’s something intriguing about the idea of an ordinary person, living in plain sight, possessing extraordinary hidden powers!
But to tell you the truth, there are REAL people out there, that can do extraordinary things! Just check out these amazing accomplishments: (thanks to guinessworldrecords.com):
- On 8th December, 2011, in New York, Ashrita Furman managed to eat 20 Smarties/M&M’s using a pair of chopsticks, whilst blindfolded!
- In Germany, on July 12, 2014, Andre Ortolf was awarded the Guiness World Record, for the furthest distance ever to blow a pea! An unbelievable 7.51 metres! Now that’s a considerable amount of puff!
- And the most eggs ever cracked in one minute using only one hand was 32, achieved by Ross McCurdy (Not Curdle!), in Kingston USA on 16th June, 2011! Naturally, he was egg-static!
But, as amazing as we human-beings are, we have our limitations. Even the strongest athlete needs to train over and over again to keep in tip-top shape. We can’t fly to school, or bend beams of steel, or clean our bedrooms at warp speed (now wouldn’t that be great?) – we just can’t.
God however, is altogether different to us!
Revelation 19:6 says: “Alleluia, for the Lord God omnipotent reigns!”
Huh?! What does omnipotent mean? Well it’s simpler than it sounds:
- Omni = All
- Potent = Powerful
So omnipotent means ‘All powerful’ or ‘possessing unlimited power.’
Look at the following scriptures which reveal the omnipotence of God:
Great is the Lord and abundant in power, His understanding is beyond measure – Psalm 147:5
Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for Me? – Jeremiah 32:27
Thus says the Lord your Redeemer, who formed you from the womb, “I am the Lord who made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by Myself – Isaiah 44:24
These aren’t just nice scriptures! They’re not just words that we sing during worship.
Let’s consider a few of the AWESOME, jaw-dropping things that God has done:
The parting of the Red Sea:
“Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea and all that night the Lord drove back the sea with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground with a wall of water on their right and on their left” – Exodus 14:21
Showdown at Mount Carmel:
Have you ever heard the story of Elijah confronting the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel? The prophets of Baal worshipped false gods. Elijah challenged these prophets to a kind of test – they would both set up altars and offer a sacrifice on it.
“Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the Lord, and the God who answers by fire, He is God” – and all the people said, “That’s a good idea!”
Then the prophets of Baal began shouting and calling out to their god. They made a right old song and dance about it, but there was no answer. For three hours they carried on crying out, leaping up and down and even cutting themselves – but there was still no answer. No fire fell! Not even a spark! Elijah mocked them, saying: “Where has your god gone off to? Has he gone to use the toilet? Is he asleep? Perhaps he’s gone off on his holidays!”
Then Elijah set up his own altar and set an oxen on top. But he didn’t stop there. He filled up four pitchers with water and poured them over the altar so that everything was saturated. He even dug a trench around the altar and filled this with water.
Then it came about at the time of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near and said, “O Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, today let it be known that You are God in Israel and I have done all these things at Your word. Answer me, O Lord, answer me, that this people may know that You, O Lord, are God and that You have turned their heart back again.
Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt offering and the wood and the stones and the dust and licked up the water in the trench. When all the people saw it, they fell on their faces, and they said, “The Lord, He is God, the Lord, He is God.” – (You can read this awesome story in 1 Kings 18!)
This story never ceases to amaze me! The altar was absolutely soaking wet! Yet the fire of God consumed the sodden wood and even licked up the water in the trench!
We all know water puts out fire, right?! But when God shows up, we get fire, licking up all the water in the trench! Why? Because nothing is impossible for God!
So How should we Respond?
It’s good to remind ourselves of how powerful – how omnipotent God is! Why? Because it helps us get a right perspective of His awesome majesty. Surely, a God like this is worthy of our worship and devotion?!
When we meditate on the power of our God, our hearts response should be like the people above, who fell on their faces saying “The Lord, He is God!”
The disciples had this kind of response when they witnessed Jesus calming the storm: “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey Him! – Matthew 8:27”
But…it’s also deeply humbling to think that a God like this loves each and every one of us and knows of us by name…but more about that in the next post!