I bet it is very hard for You to love all of everybody in the whole world. There are only four people in our family and I can never do it." —Nan (age 7)
There are two sides to God's coin. On one side is the word “Father.” We can relate to the father thing because of our earthly fathers. But the other side of the coin says “Almighty.” There are definitely people on earth who have a lot of might, but none of them have all might. We have no comparisons when we talk about God being “Almighty,” so we humans have concocted a variety of different words and metaphors to try to describe this aspect of God:
- sovereign (sŏv'ər-ĭn) n. One that exercises supreme, permanent authority, especially in a nation or other governmental unit, as a king, queen, or other noble person who serves as chief of state; a ruler or monarch.
- transcendent (trān-sěn'dənt) adj. 1. Surpassing others; preeminent or supreme. 2. Lying beyond the ordinary range of perception. 3. Being beyond the limits of experience and hence unknowable. 4. Beingabove and independent of the material universe.
Words like this might help describe Him, but all words, no matter how descriptive, fall short of the fact that He is truly indescribable. We’ve discussed what it means to believe, what it means to have God as a perfect father, but what can we say when we discuss Him as all powerful?
Almighty God, I bow before You in awe. Can You give me a little picture of Your power? I ask You to keep me humble as I continue to learn about You. Even though it will be impossible to understand You completely, what we can know is incredible enough! As I learn even more about Your nature, give me the heart of worship and praise that You deserve. Amen.
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