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We know that our God is able to do anything. We may have even grown up singing,
*Our God is so BIG, so STRONG, and so MIGHTY; there’s nothing our God cannot do!*
But what does that mean in our everyday lives? How does this knowledge give us hope? We are prone to even forget this all-important truth as we deal with our everyday struggles. In my youth group and family devotionals we have been learning the characteristics of God. They are two different studies, but it is amazing to see how the two have been intertwining! It has been so encouraging to be reminded that God is eternal, holy, unchangeable, all-wise, all-powerful, and all-good. Because God is all of these things perfectly and infinitely we can trust Him with ALL of our cares and know that He will do what is best for us. And that gives us hope.
God is Perfectly Wise
Wisdom is different from knowledge. Knowledge is factual; Jeopardy contestants may be knowledgeable but not necessarily wise. Wisdom is the knowledge applied in ways that are good and right and helpful. God’s holy nature guides His wisdom so that everything He does WILL be the best thing.
…to the only wise God… Romans 16:27
I recently read in Daniel 2 when Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, had a disturbing dream and called for all the wise men of the city to not only interpret his dream, but know the dream without being told it first! He was tired of phony magicians and ‘yes’ men. But no one could do that! Only God! He revealed this dream to Daniel — a dream that was in Nebuchadnezzar’s mind alone — God knew it! He knew it because He had planted it there, a dream telling of future nations to come. God is all-wise.
God is All-Good
What does it mean that God is good?
You do not take pleasure in wickedness; no evil dwells in you. Psalm 5:4
You are good and you do good. Psalm 119:68
For He is good and his salvation endures forever. Psalm106:1
Because of His goodness He is willing to forgive. He grants salvation, mercy and grace, to sinners like us. We have His blessing instead of His wrath.
In a reading through the book of Mark, one thing that strikes me is how many times Jesus had compassion on people. Just regular people who were in pain; who couldn’t solve their problems on their own and cried to Jesus for help. They were poor, destitute sinners who had nothing to give in return. Even when Jesus was tired or in need of physical refreshment, He couldn’t refuse them. Mark 1:41 says he was moved with compassion when a leper came beseeching Him for healing. Jesus earthly ministry shows the goodness of God.
God is All-Powerful
Hebrews 1:3 tells us, He upholds all things by the word of His power, and Isaiah 40:26 says, He calls the stars by name because of the greatness of His might and strength. Nothing is to difficult for Him and no one can ward off His hand (Jer, 32:17, Dan. 4:35). The bible is replete with examples of His power; just a read through the book of Daniel alone we see him protect three men in the midst of a fire so hot that the guards outside the fire died. They didn’t even smell of smoke! He shut the mouths of lions so that they did not devour Daniel.
Among other things, we see that God has power over nature, which we see in the dividing of the Red Sea in Exodus 14 and the raging storm being stilled through Jesus words in Mark 4. However, because God is all-wise and all-good, we are not afraid of His power — we can know He will use it for what is good and right and best all the time!
When we understand that God is perfectly and infinitely wise, powerful and good, we can trust that He has our best interests in mind and is able to accomplish all things for our good. We can believe the truth of Romans 8:28, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who were called according to His purpose.”