Nurses know the five rights of medication administration: the right patient, right med, right dose, right route, and right time/frequency. Nurses also check that medications don’t expire and lose effectiveness and potency over time.
Unlike medications, God never loses his strength, potency, or effectiveness. His power is immeasurable and unlimited, no matter what power he has used or given away. God never weakens or becomes ineffective!
A.W. Tozer defines this attribute of God as “able to do and to have power.” In the Bible, “omnipotent” is only used one time and it refers to God. The word “Almighty” means the same thing as omnipotent; it appears 56 times in the Bible and is only used in reference to God. It means “having an infinite and absolute plentitude of power.”
It is this Almighty God who created the universe from nothing, brought about the Incarnation of Jesus, the atonement of all sin, and his resurrection. And Almighty God can bring about our resurrection. We can dare to believe that God is omnipotent and that our needs are nothing compared to what he has done.
Tozer describes God as the unlimited source of all power, as well as the dispenser of power. Unlike my cell phone battery that loses it charge as I talk and text, God never runs out of power. He is always fully charged! He gives away power to us through the Holy Spirit, yet he retains all of his power.
Tozer writes, “But when God gives power — to angels, archangels, redeemed men (people), mountains, seas, stars and planets — he doesn’t relinquish anything. He does not become less than he was before; God’s batteries do not run down.”
This same powerful God is also very, very personal. In Romans 8:15 we are told that we can approach God intimately as our Father. “The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”
We can trust the most powerful God for everything because we are his very children. And we do not just trust him for the easy and obvious things in life, but for the really hard and impossible things.
In God’s view, there is no difference between easy and hard. I am reminded of these biblical stories:
- In Genesis 17, God told Abraham (Abram), “I am the Almighty God.” Then he proceeded to give Sarah and Abraham their son, Isaac.
- The angel told Mary, a virgin, that she would become the mother of Jesus because with God, nothing is impossible.
- In Matthew 19 Jesus told the disciples that even though a rich man would struggle to enter the kingdom of God, nothing was impossible with God.
Almighty God has all the power to pardon our sin and give us a new nature just as easily has he created heaven and earth. He is powerful enough to sustain and change all things, all circumstances, all illness and disease, all people, everything!
Take a few minutes and meditate on God’s unlimited power. What things in your life can you trust God to make right, according to his will? Consider your work situation, your family, your health, your attitudes, your fears, your finances, or whatever comes to mind as you pray.
Let John’s words in Revelation 19:6-7 remind you that you can trust the most omnipotent God to do anything:
“Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: “Hallelujah, for our Lord God Almighty reigns! Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory!”
–by Jane Hall, NCF National Director
All quotes from: A.W. Tozer, The Attributes of God, Volume 2
This is the fourteenth post in a series by NCF Director Jane Hall on God’s attributes. She is inspired by the writings of A.W. Tozer in The Attributes of God, Volume 2