(I love the Psalms, and some of my favorites are acrostics. Acrostics use letters from the Hebrew alphabet to form beautiful poetry about God. I thought it would be good to try this, so for the next few months I’ll take a letter (in English alphabetical order) and write about a few of the infinite attributes of God. I’m not saying mine is the definitive list, but I will use Scripture as the bedrock for each letter. I hope you’ll join me on this journey and even develop your own list. You are welcome to suggest ideas for my future posts. Thanks! Chris 

A: All-Powerful

During a recent conversation, a woman told me that the world is getting harder and harder for her to handle. “Each time I watch the news, it seems like it’s getting worse and worse.”  She went on to talk about the toll the stress had on her, both emotionally and physically. The truth is that problems abound in this world.  Sicknesses, marriage and family issues, financial problems, world tensions, culture clashes and division, politics, and more can lead us to feel powerless. The ramifications of these problems threaten to shake the ground beneath us.

However, there’s another reality that can bring us peace and stability amid the trials of life. It’s this: God is all-powerful, and God—His Presence and His perfect strength— are available and in action for all who turn to Him in faith through Jesus Christ.

There are two parts to this statement: God is the source of all power, and God’s power is at work on behalf of all who entrust themselves to Him. Allow me to unpack this a little:

  1. God is the source of all power, and will always prevail over any challenge in the seen and unseen world. He is the Alpha, the prime and only source!

God’s power caused the universe to come into being, and Christ’s power holds everything together, even as you read this. It has never failed and will never waver! God’s power remains the same yesterday, today, and through all eternity:

In the past:

•    His power brought forth everything: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1)

•    His power was fully shown on the cross and the resurrection of Jesus Christ: “And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross” (Colossians 2:15)

In the present:

“God’s Son shines out with God’s glory, and all that God’s Son is and does marks him as God. He regulates the universe by the mighty power of his command.” (Hebrews 1:3)

In the future:

“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb…There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.” (Revelation 22:1,5)

  • God’s power is at work on behalf of all who entrust themselves to Him.  

We can rely on God’s Word and promises to bring us hope and comfort when the world seems to be unraveling.

“God is our refuge and strength, a tested help in times of trouble.  And so we need not fear even if the world blows up and the mountains crumble into the sea…” (Psalm 46:1-2)

God sees and knows everything that is happening around and in you and me. There is no surprise or challenge that concerns or overwhelms Him. His supreme power is currently in force, working on our behalf, as the Scripture states:

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose…” (Romans 8:28)

God’s promise is true, and we can rest on Him through any trial that comes our way. The “A’ of my God alphabet is this:

God is all-powerful.

God bless you!

Chris Atkins