IS GOD’S POWER LIMITED?


Numbers 11:23 – “And the LORD said to Moses, “Is the Lord’s power limited? Now you shall see whether My word will come true for you or not.”  NASB

Maybe a better way of asking that question would be, “Is there anything that can limit God’s power?”  Clearly from the overall teaching of Scripture, God is Omnipotent.  That would mean and does mean that His power is UNLIMITED!  He does not have Power, He is Power!  If God decides to do something, there is nothing that could prevent the fulfillment of His decision.  That, I believe is absolute and the clear message of the Bible.

However, I must ask again, “Is there anything that can limit God’s power?”  Maybe we should rephrase that again and ask, “Is there anything that we can do that would cause God to withhold His power?”  Obviously, that is an entirely different question and presents totally new parameters in the equation or question.

There are two distinct passages that address this in the New Testament.  One is in Matthew 13:58 where it speaks of Jesus’ lack of miracles in His home town due to unbelief.  Then in Mark 6:5 referring to the same situation worded it differently saying, “Now He could do no mighty work there, except He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them.”  The next verse tells us that Jesus marveled because of their unbelief.

The Bible teaches plainly that with God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26; Luke 1:37; Luke 18:27; Jeremiah 32:17; Job 42:2; Genesis 18:14).  We are also taught that if we believe and have the expectation that God will fulfill His promises all things are possible to us. (Philippians 4:13; Mark 10:27; Mark 9:23; Mark 11:24).  These are not the only passages we could use but are sufficient to establish that with God all things are possible and with those who exercise faith all things are possible.

We are taught in Hebrews 13:8 that Jesus is eternally the same.  He is the same today as He was yesterday and will be the same tomorrow as He is today.  He is the Omnipresent, Omniscient, and Omnipotent Creator of all things.  He is “The Living God.” (Deuteronomy 5:26; Joshua 3:10; 1 Samuel 17:26, 36; 2 Kings 19:4; Psalms 42:2; Romans 9:26). 

If God is The Living God and nothing is impossible with Him, then why would we doubt Him?  I am convinced that the only thing that stops God from moving on our behalf is us.  If we doubt Him and live our lives without expectation, we will live beneath the place He desires.  If Jesus is the Son of the Living God, and if God is Omnipotent, righteous, holy, just, and loving, why do we doubt His willingness to fulfill His promises and provisions?

Let me offer one possible reason.  We, humans, are prone to earn things and want to feel we deserve them.  That is foreign to Grace and because we love and think as humans we tend to think of God as we think of ourselves.  We feel unworthy of His favor, grace, and blessings and therefore question God because we question ourselves. 

Another is, we have been taught limitations to God.  We have been taught dispensational ideas that relegate certain attributes and demonstrations of God to certain eras.  We have been taught, contrary to the Word of God that what God did He no longer does.  Yet, the Bible teaches that He is the same, past, present, and future.  That is why Jesus would respond with almost shock when someone said, “If you are willing?”  He responded, “If I am willing!”  Indicating that He was amazed that they would question His willingness to do good.

Therefore, rather than questioning whether God is Limited or not we should encourage ourselves that He is Limitless in Power, Limitless in Love, Limitless in Willingness, and become open vessels to receive His Promises, Provision, and Power.

God bless you as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him!