It’s been a while, so I’m going to try to ease back into the blog with something that I hope isn’t too controversial.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
Over the past four weeks at church, I have been teaching on the three ‘omni’s’ of God. Omnipresence, Omniscience, and Omnipotence. For those who may not know, the prefix ‘omni-’ means ‘all’. So when we say that God is Omnipresent we mean that God is everywhere. When we say that God is Omniscient we mean that God knows everything. And when we say that God is Omnipotent we mean that God has all power.
Studying these three attributes of God have been a great comfort to me in my own petty afflictions and so I hope these thoughts will give greater comfort to His children who are suffering under more intense afflictions and even in the weight of those afflictions are persevering in the hope of eternal life.
First, God is ‘Omnipresent’. He is fully and completely in all places, all the time, and in all times. He is past, present, and future are all present to Him equally (Psalm 139). He exists outside of time and space as well as within time and space and He is actively working to sustain the whole of His Creation. So no matter what you are suffering, God is there with you. More than that, God is working in your situation and He has promised to be with you. Before Jesus ascended into Heaven He gave His followers a promise: “I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20) What this means for us is that not only is God with us simply because He is everywhere, He is especially with His followers in a special way. Jesus, who endured all the same kinds of struggles that we face is always present with you as a faithful High Priest ready to comfort you, strengthen you, sustain you, and plead for you before the Father. God’s Omnipresence is a source of comfort for believers.
Second, God is ‘Omniscient’. God fully knows all things, past, present, and future. Far from being a Rolodex of information, God does not need to recall anything. He knows all things perfectly at once. God knows the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10). He knows you and I, when we sit down, when we rise up, our thoughts, our paths, when we lie down, and our words before we speak them (Psalm 139:1-6). God knows everything about us because He created us and also created the days allotted for us to live (Psalm 139:16). The word ‘days’ here does not only mean the number of days that we will live, but also the contents of those days. God knows all of these things because He ordained them to be so! This would be a scary thought if we were speaking of an evil being ordaining our days, but with God we know that whatever He ordains is right. The reason we know this is because God is infinitely Good, Loving, and Righteous. But also because He is All-Wise. The definition of wisdom is knowing the best goals and knowing the best means to accomplish those goals. In the case of God, we know that whatever He ordains is in accordance with His infinite Wisdom. He who knows all perfectly must perfectly know the best goals. And the One who knows all perfectly must also know the best way to accomplish those goals. God goal for those of us who trust in Him is to bring us to glory (1 Corinthians 2:7). So, what ever situation you find yourself in, whether persecution, wealth, sickness, health, traffic, green lights, marital problems, marital bliss, life, or death, we know that God as an infinitely wise God has the best goal in mind for us and He is using this to bring us to glory. Affliction is our friend, sent from God, to accompany us in this life so that we may be presented faultless before His throne with great joy (Romans 8:28-39, Jude 24-25).
Finally, God is ‘Omnipotent’. God has all power and He’s not afraid to use it. He has the authority and the freedom to use His power and He is willing to use it to accomplish His wise goals (Isaiah 46:8-13). The God who created the Heavens, the Earth, stars, planets, galaxies, and you and I is the same God with the same power to strengthen us when we suffer. He can put our enemies in the dust, exalt us above our circumstances, bring life out of death, and whatever else you can imagine. This is the God who loves us and cares for us. Nothing will ever thwart His plan to bring us to glory, because He is the first cause behind all that happens and all that happens is designed for His plan for His people.
So whatever circumstance you find yourself in, be comforted in these three truths concerning your God. He is Omnipresent, Omniscient, and Omnipotent. He is always near, He hasn’t been taken by surprise in your situation, He has a plan, and He is using His power for your good (Romans 8:28).
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