– Thomas a Kempis
God’s Creative Ability
There were no human eyewitnesses to the creation. We don’t know how God created out of nothing, but He is God. He can always do exceedingly more than we can even imagine. My little finite brain cannot possibly wrap itself around the finite mind of God. That’s no contest. God’s Word simply says, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). Further, the psalmist wasn’t there in the beginning either but knew that “he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm” (Psalm 33:9). That’s enough for me. I don’t need to understand something in order for it to be true. God said it, so it must be. It doesn’t matter if I can understand it or not.
God’s Speaks Into Existence What Is Not Yet
Jeremiah asks the rhetorical question in his Book of Lamentations: “Who can speak and have it happen if the Lord has not decreed it” (Lam. 3:37)? The obvious answer is none, but God can. Even “Abraham believed in the God who brings the dead back to life and who creates new things out of nothing” (Rom. 4:17). God declares, “For I the LORD will speak, and whatever word I speak will be performed” (Ezek. 12:25), and it matters not if it yet does not exist, for “the LORD Almighty has sworn, Surely, as I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will happen” (Isaiah 14:24).
God’s Predestination of His Children
Think about this: God predestined to adoption His own children but even before they existed and, even more incredibly, before anything existed! In one of the most astounding books in the Bible, Paul tells the church at Ephesus that God “chose us in him before the foundation of the world” (Eph. 1:4), that “in him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will” (Eph. 1:11).
The Impossible Made Possible
With mankind alone, there are many things that are impossible. Jesus said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matt. 19:26), and Job declared, “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted” (Job 42:2), while God says, “I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me” (Jer. 32:27)? That’s enough for me. Jesus said, “Apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5b). Who are we to argue with that?
God Is Able
Our salvation is fully a work of God, and we could never save ourselves; it is a gift of God (Eph. 2:8-9). But what God starts He completes, so I can say with Paul, “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Phil. 1:6). This means “he will also keep you firm to the end” (1 Cor. 1:8). In Paul’s very last letter, he writes, “I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me” (2 Tim. 1:12).
God’s creative ability is beyond comprehension. He can speak things into existence and determined our inheritance in Him before we existed. What is impossible to us is not for God, and He’s able to bring us all the way home into the kingdom because He is able to do more than man can understand.