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God Almighty

In the first verse of the first chapter of the Bible, we read, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). This means that the self-existent God has displayed His almightiness in His creative power and ability. And, throughout the Scriptures, there are numerous references to God’s divine authority, power, and ability to do any and all things. “For nothing will be impossible with God” (Luke 1:37).

The Bible tells us, “When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before Me and be blameless” (Genesis 17:1). God told Abram (his name later changed to Abraham), “I am El Shaddai,” the Hebrew for God Almighty, meaning the “All-Sufficient One” or the "All-Powerful One.” God’s power is revealed in many different ways as recorded in the Bible.

The “Apostles’ Creed,” which is a brief foundational statement of what christians believe and appropriately recited by many churches, begins, “I believe in God the Father Almighty,” a reminder that God has absolute power over everyone and everything. The Apostle Paul writes concerning God’s matchless wisdom, “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and His paths beyond tracing. Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been His counselor? (Romans 11:33-34). Absolutely no one could be God’s counselor, as He is not subject to anyone’s counsel, suggestion, or advice.

Who else but God Almighty could declare, “Before Me no god was formed, nor will there be any after Me … I have revealed and saved and proclaimed - I, and not some foreign god among you. You are my witnesses, declares the LORD, that I am God. Yes, and from ancient days I am He. When I act, who can reverse it?” (Isaiah 43:10-13).

In his sermon on Mars Hill, and having observed that the Athenians were “very religious,” and seen an altar inscribed, “To the unknown God,” Paul spoke about the greatness of God Almighty. He stated, “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands, and He is not served by human hands as if He needed anything, because He himself gives all men life and breath and everything else” (Acts 17:24-25). Also, “it is in this God we live, move, and exist.”

Then, there is the account about Job, “the man who feared God and shunned evil.” In his confession, Job acknowledged God’s sovereignty and says to God, “I know that You can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted” (Job 42:2). Here, Job recognizes that God indeed is Sovereign and nothing can prevent Him from executing His will and purposes in a manner that meets His divine plans, purposes, standards, and objectives.

Let us not forget our God is the Almighty God. He is the Great “I AM.” Angels bow before Him, heaven and earth adore Him. The hymn writer penned, “The God of Abraham praise, who reigns enthroned above; Ancient of Everlasting Days, and God of love. Jehovah Great I Am; by earth and heaven confessed; I bow and bless the sacred name forever blest" (Thomas Olivers, 1725-1799).

“We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty, The One who is and who was and who is to come, Because You have taken your great power and reigned” (Revelation 11:17). Amen.