There are six letters left in the alphabet that we have not looked at as we continue to look at words that can encourage us and draw us closer to God. The next letter I want to mention is the letter “U”, and it stands for unlimited. If we want to strengthen our relationship with God we must understand who God is. When we understand who God is, we will then understand the unlimited power we have within us, through the Holy Spirit, to serve Him. But, the first step is in understanding who God is.
Within the writings of Psalm 139 are the three characteristics I like to think about when I think about who God is to me. I’m not going to write the whole chapter, but I would highly encourage you to read the chapter to see what I am talking about. One characteristic of God is that He is omnipotent, or all powerful. God can do anything God wants to do. There is nothing He can’t do. Because He is omnipotent, He can do through us what He wants to do. He created us and gives within us His power. Another characteristic of God is He is omniscient. This means God is all knowing. He knows all about us. He knows our thoughts and our actions. How? He knows this because He created us and knows our very being. He is omniscient. Thirdly, God is omnipresent. God is everywhere. God has always been and will always be. Psalm 139 tells us this.
So, to understand God is to know He is everything. He is all knowing, all present and all powerful. Let’s think about what that means for you and me as we try to serve Him each day. When we accept Jesus into our hearts, He gives us Himself through the person of the Holy Spirit. If He gives us Himself, then we can do the things He wants us and calls us to do each day. He knows our abilities and strengths and, I believe, will not call us to do something we cannot do with His help. His will can be made known through us. Will everybody be able to do anything and everything? No. That is why we have the spiritual gifts. However, we can do what He calls us to do because of the three characteristics of God I just mentioned.
So how does understanding the characteristics of God help us know our abilities are unlimited? It is in knowing and understanding we have the strength and presence of God within us through the Holy Spirit that should enable us to step out in faith and trust Him. Is this always easy? No. Does it always feel safe? No. If we think of the words of Paul in Philippians 4:13 it can help us get a better picture of what I am talking about. Paul writes, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” That was Paul’s case. He could not do it on his own, but He could do what God called him to do through God. Our abilities are unlimited through Christ. Until next week…
Peace and Blessings,