Opposition and Omnipotence

What opposition have you been running up against lately?  It comes in all forms, from someone who is trying to undermine you at the office to sickness and disease that is testing the outer edges of your health plan; from someone who is telling others hurtful things about you behind your back to those who are standing in the way of God’s call in your life; from trouble in your marriage to rebellious children.  Regardless of the opposition you are facing today, I have a word of great comfort.  Opposition in the hands of Omnipotence is nothing more than opportunities for God to display His power in you, through you, and for you. 

Pharaoh said, “Who is the Lord, that I should obey him and let Israel go?  I do not know the Lord and I will not let Israel go.”  (Exodus 5:2)

It seemed like the Israelites were never going to get out of Egypt.  With every word Moses spoke, the situation got worse for the people.  With every miracle delivered by the hand of the Almighty, the most powerful man in Egypt dug his heels in deeper and retreated further into his sin and self-absorption.  The opposition seemed impossible for Moses to overcome . . . and it was!  It was impossible for Moses to overcome, but what was impossible for Moses was entirely possible for Omnipotence.  And that was the whole point. 

If Pharaoh had let the people go when Moses brought God’s Word to him the first time, the world would have missed the awesome display of Omnipotence at work on behalf of His people.  What we consider opposition and obstacles in our way are merely opportunities for God to demonstrate His sovereign power over all things. 

When we witness the restoration of broken relationships, impossible situations on the job turned around, fractured families forgiving one another and coming together, rebellious children returning and being restored, and death sentences from doctors turned into supernatural healings, we have the privilege of seeing Omnipotence at work in a fallen, broken, and sin-filled world, through fallen, broken, and sin-filled people. 

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God.  For all things are possible with God.”  (Mark 10:27)

The next time you face opposition or obstacles in life, fear not!  God is at work on your behalf.  God knows the beginning from the end, and nothing can stop Him from accomplishing His perfect purposes.  Now, it may not fit into your timetable, but it will certainly fit into His.  And His timetable is always better than yours.  Moses was expecting every miracle to be the one that would cause Pharaoh to let God’s people go.  But it was not going to happen until God was ready to finishing displaying His awesome power, that He might be glorified.

This is the Gospel.  This is grace for your race.  NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!

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