One of the most common questions that unbelievers or young believers ask is “If God is so powerful than why does He allow, insert chosen tragedy. This is a basic misunderstanding of the nature of God.
Although God possesses such absolute power He will not use it, to do so would compel by the sheer terror of His might the recognition of His sovereignty. This is not His desire. He is not a tyrant but a lover who wants a relationship built on love and trust, not on force or compulsion. In the great battle for our hearts He clearly wants to win, but not in a way that enslaves us but in a way that makes us free.
He is not willing to intimidate or oppress His intended. Like the knights of old who’s code of chivalry said, “Never let the women see you kill.” He has arranged to do all that vengeance stuff at the end of time and out of our sight. The knowledge that it will happen is all he wants His dear little one to know.
In His great love He paid a great price for us. This is what He wants us to dwell on. He wants us to understand His love not His wrath.
Behold, I have graven you on the palms of my hands; Is. 49:16
Our Beloved is Creator and has power over nature
6 By the word of the LORD the heavens were made,
and all their host by the breath of his mouth.
7 He gathered the waters of the sea as in a bottle;
he put the deeps in storehouses.
8 Let all the earth fear the LORD,
let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him!
9 For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded,
and it stood forth. Psa. 33:6-9
For thus says the LORD of hosts: Once again, in a little while, I will shake the heavens and the earth and the sea and the dry land; Hag. 2:6 [c.f. Gen 1:1-3 Nahum 1:3-6]
Our Beloved has power over Men
11 Do not speak evil against one another, brethren. He that speaks evil against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. 12 There is one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you that you judge your neighbor?
13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and get gain”; 14 whereas you do not know about tomorrow. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and we shall do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. 17 Whoever knows what is right to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin. James 4:11-17 [c.f. Ex 4:11]
Our Beloved has power over Angels
all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing; and he does according to his will in the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, “What doest thou?” Dan 4:35
Our Beloved has power over Satan
And the LORD said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power; only upon himself do not put forth your hand.” So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD. Job 1:12
And the LORD said to Satan, “Behold, he is in your power; only spare his life.” Job 2:6
Our Beloved has power over Death
Many people wrongly believe that it is Satan who rules the dead or hell. This is a left over from pagan days, and passed on to us through the Church of Rome and popular culture. However our Bible make it quite clear that it is Messiah who decides where a person is to spend eternity.
The Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son, John 5:22
19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power in us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20 which he accomplished in Christ when he raised him from the dead and made him sit at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come; Eph 1:19-21 [c.f. Rev 4:11 14:7]
11 Then I saw a great white throne and him who sat upon it; from his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. 12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Also another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, by what they had done. 13 And the sea gave up the dead in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead in them, and all were judged by what they had done. 14 Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire; 15 and if any one’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. Rev. 20:11-15
If we were for just one second able to comprehend the great power of our Beloved we would shrink in terror. We would cower in fear and crawl under the nearest rock we could find, and never willingly approach Him again. We would have to force us out. That would not be conducive to the intimate relationship He desires of us.
To have that intimate personal authentic relationship we He made the first move by calling out name. Now we must make the next move and desire to know Him better. Our first step is to stop and be still. Pick up our Bible and listen to His voice. This know is the same word in the Hebrew as “Adam knew Eve and she conceived”. It means to be intimate.
“Be still, and know that I am God. I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth!” Psa. 46:10
If we are still and listen to God’s word, we will begin to know and trust in His plans and purposes, our imperfections will give way and our knowledge will pass away and be replaced by His perfect knowledge. We must trust and be about what we were told to do. “Seek first the Kingdom of Heaven”.
But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matt 19:26
Is anything too hard for the LORD? At the appointed time I will return to you, in the spring, and Sarah shall have a son.” Gen 18:14