The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"A Creator With Character"
Imagine a new believer who hears a sermon that properly affirms God as almighty. "Nothing is too hard for Him" declares the preacher, "God can do anything!" The convert responds, "Amen!" (Genesis 17:1; Jeremiah 32:17).
Imagine also that a few days later, the new believer comes upon the Apostle Paul's statement to Titus: "God… cannot lie" (Titus 1:2). He also finds a corollary verse in the book of Hebrews: "It was impossible for God to lie" (Hebrews 6:18). The convert thinks to himself, "Now wait a minute, there is something the almighty God cannot do. He cannot lie! Moreover, He also cannot sin in any manner since He is "without iniquity" (Deuteronomy 32:4). So, God really can't do anything.
This new believer has learned two of the most vital truths He can know, namely, God is almighty, but His infinite power is governed by the fact that He is also all good, righteous, and holy. He can forever exercises His capability in accordance with His character of love and truth. "Thou art good, and doest good" (Psalm 119:68). Thus, when we rightly declare God to be Almighty, we do so in the context of His power ever flowing with the current of His perfect probity. "The Lord is righteous in all His ways, and holy in all His works" (Psalm 145:17).
Imagine yet another scenario, an impossibility, but for the sake of consideration: what if God's almighty ability was not governed by His goodness and righteousness? Such a horror is too dark to ponder for long. Nothing would be safe in the universe, including and especially ourselves since human beings often displease their Creator. An arbitrary and capricious God would constantly change the rules, based on His whims of the moment. He would likely have long ago destroyed creation and started over, only to forever end up in frustration because a Creator without character could never find satisfaction in anything.
He is a Creator with character, the almighty God who executes His omnipotence in accordance with His perfect love and integrity. "As for God, His way is perfect" (II Samuel 22:31). We would not want Him to be any other way, although things happen in our lives when the governance of our Heavenly Father's hand by His heart means He cannot always act in ways we desire. He must ever be who He is, and He must ever act in accordance with who He is. Thus, He can be trusted "with all thine heart," and thus, we can forever rejoice in the wonder of God's capability, as guided by the beauty of His character (Proverbs 3:5).
"I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD: I will make mention of Thy righteousness, even of Thine only."
"Hear my prayer, O LORD, give ear to my supplications: in Thy faithfulness answer me, and in Thy righteousness."
Weekly Memory Verse
As for God, His way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: He is a buckler to all those that trust in Him.