The Mustard Seed
One of the greatest scientists who has ever lived was Isaac Newton. His fundamental observations in physics, optics, astronomy, and mathematics still serve as the core of today's science textbooks. Newton was also a devout Christian who saw in his scientific discoveries evidence of God's greatness. Many times in many ways Newton affirmed what Israel's King David expressed 2,500 years earlier: "The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display His craftsmanship." (Psalm 19.1 NLT) God is the maker and master of not only the physical universe, He is also the ruler of an even greater unseen spirit world.
Theologians like to describe God's greatness with three words that all begin with "omni" -- omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient.
God is omnipotent
This means that God is all powerful. He is almighty. We can see His power in creation. Isaac Newton said, "In the absence of any other proof, the thumb alone would convince me of God's existence."
Throughout the Bible, when people personally encountered the Creator and Ruler of the universe, they freaked out. Moses: "I have seen God and I didn't die!" Job: "I repent in dust and ashes!" Peter: "Please leave me, because I am a sinner." Jesus' Disciples asked, "Who is this that even the wind and waves obey Him!?"
Is there anything that God CAN'T do? Yes! He cannot and He will not do anything that goes against His own character, because in doing so He wouldn't be God any more. For example, God is truth; therefore He cannot lie.
God is omnipresent
This means that God is everywhere. Long ago King David prayed, "I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence!" (Psalm 139.7)
Do we really believe that? If we do, then why do we think that we can sin in secret?
I know of one high school student who told her pastor, "God doesn't know that my boyfriend and I are having sex because we use condoms." She was shocked when her pastor told her that God is everywhere and sees everything. King David confessed, "Even in darkness I cannot hide from you." (Ps 139.11)
God is omniscient
This means that God knows everything. Nothing surprises Him. Nothing is a mystery to Him. Nothing is beyond His understanding.
We know and understand so little of the physical universe. He knows it all, because He designed it. King David prayed, "O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts... You know everything I do. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord. You go before me and You follow me... Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand!" (Ps 139.1-6) The Bible says that He knows how many hairs you have on your head. (Matthew 10.30)
Often young Deaf children are surprised to learn that God knows ASL!
What is our response?
First, with Job, we are struck with awe. "I repent in dust and ashes!"
Second, this gives us great comfort. He knows our every sin and offense, and still He loves us. He takes each offense to the cross. He knows our hurts and needs. He is with us in every situation. He is able to hold us up through every difficulty. No problem is too hard for God.
Third, we thank and praise Him. We trust and obey Him.
~~ Pastor RonNext: God is Holy
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