Our confidence and joy because of what God cannot do

Have you ever considered how terrifying would be God’s sovereignty if it were not for His holiness?

What on earth am I saying?  Isn’t God all-powerful?  YES!  Isn’t He the only Source of power?  YES!  So, how, what, why?  I’m sure everyone has heard that supremely stupid question that started in medieval times:

                  Can God create a rock so big He can’t lift it?

Some pathetic people (to be pitied) think this is clever but actually it defies logic.  God can do anything and everything that is in accord with Himself, His nature and His righteous character.  To do anything else, He would have to deny Himself and His very nature.  AND (2 Timothy 2:13) He CANNOT deny Himself.

Let us consider some of the spiritual riches we have because of God’s inabilities.  Does it feel strange to say those 2 words – GOD’S INABILITIES?  Those two words give me goose-bumps of glory.  Probably I have not covered the whole list but enough to remind us of (2 Corinthians 4:17) the eternal weight of glory being achieved for us in heaven because of (2 Peter 1:3-4) our inheritance in our Lord Jesus Christ.

I am making a heavenly sandwich.  The first and last pages represent the Bread of Life.  What comes in between is the strong meat of the Word (Hebrews 5:12).  Dig in with a hearty appetite.

God cannot lie (Titus 1:2) so I can safely believe that everything He says is absolutely true.

God cannot break a promise (Jeremiah 32:42, Jeremiah 33:14) He will fulfill every promise and (2 Corinthians 1:20) guarantee them in Christ for God’s glory in us.

God will never leave us – (Hebrews 13:5) Because He will never forsake us – no matter what – we live in the wonder and sweetness of His glorious Presence.

God cannot make a mistake (Ecclesiastes 7:13) We have great security in knowing that everything God does is always and forever without error.

God cannot fail (2 Corinthians 2:14) and therefore always causes us to triumph in Christ.

God can never be unholy (Isaiah 6:3) The seraphim cry “Holy” and (1 Peter 1:16) the reason and enabling for our holiness is because He is holy.

God cannot be uncaring.  Not only (1 Peter 5:7) has He told us to cast our care upon Him, but also (Jeremiah 29:11) He plans for our good.

God cannot be ungracious (2 Corinthians 4:15, 2 Corinthians 9:8, 2 Corinthians 12:9) Not only is His grace sufficient for all our weakness but grace abounds to us for every good work to the glory of God.

God cannot be unloving (Ephesians 2:4) Because of His great love for us He robbed heaven (John 3:16) to give us His only begotten Son.

God cannot change (Malachi 3:6, Hebrews 13:8) Our eternal security lies in the TRUTH that what God is, He has always been and always will be.  How comforting to know that what I found Him to be yesterday, He will be exactly the same to-day and every to-morrow.  Always strength for to-day and bright hope for to-morrow.

God cannot be indifferent (Hebrews 4:14) because we have a Great High Priest Who continually ministers to us and for us before the throne.

God cannot be unjust (1 Peter 1:17) The God of all justice will deal with each individual fairly, justly and righteously.

God cannot overlook sin because (Romans 3:23) all have sinned.  Whoever believes on the Son of God has eternal life and will not come into condemnation (John 3:18, John 3:36) but whoever does not believe will experience condemnation and already lives under God’s wrath.  Personal sin will be judged either at the Cross of Calvary or at the Great White Throne Judgment (Revelation 20:11-15).

Jesus could not stay dead (Matthew 28:6, Luke 24:6) He is risen! Because LIFE can’t be sealed in a tomb.

Now – look at Jesus (Revelation 1:13-18) I live and was dead and behold I am alive for evermore.  Because He lives we shall live also (2 Timothy 2:11).

God cannot leave us forever on Planet Earth.  One day (and I think soon) Jesus will come and (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17) in 11/100ths of a second will take us to our Father’s house (John.14:2) in Eternity.

So keep looking up and listen for the trumpet. 

On the basis of God’s inabilities, what kind of an idiot would I have to be not to trust Him?

Take a little time to ponder how impoverished we would be if it were not for God’s inabilities.

Have you ever considered how terrifying would be God’s sovereignty if it were not for His holiness?

Inhale deeply and fill your soul with the wonder and the glory in this verse from one of my favourite hymns.


                  How beautiful, how beautiful

                  The sight of Thee must be,

                  Thine endless wisdom, boundless power

                  And awful purity.




Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift (2 Corinthians 9:15)

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