God can’t, part three

As I went beyond this story of Hezekiah and Sennacherib and just studied the phrase “God can’t”, I was curious what the Bible had to say about things God couldn’t do. I didn’t really have any agenda with this, I just thought it might be interesting to see a few of the things that the Bible tells us God can’t do. Not surprisingly, all of these are of a benefit to us. Here’s a Bible verse that leads into the first thing.

Isaiah 40:28 Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.

God can’t get tired. When you think about everything that it takes to be God, all of the stuff He’s responsible for, the whole balancing act of past, present, and future, the creation of new people, the battle against the darkness, you’d think this dude would be exhausted. There’s almost that scary thought, “what happens to all of us if God gets tired and takes a day off?” Well, Right there in Isaiah it shows us, God does not faint or grow weary. His presence will never be away from us, His love will never take a day off. God can’t get tired.

Just a note on this one. I figure someone out there will have the same thought I did, and recall that 7th day of creation in the book of Genesis where it says that God rested. I did a quick study on that and found a few explanations about that. First, nowhere does it say He needed to rest or had to, it just says that He did. Secondly, most scholars seem to agree that “rest” isn’t the best translation of the original language here, and the word more means that God “ceased, or stopped” creating on that day, much like something in motion comes to rest eventually. Anyways, I just thought that was interesting and figured someone might have that question regarding the first “God can’t”, so I wanted to take a moment to address it.

This next one really blessed me. With all the racial upheaval going on in America and in other places, this next thing that God can’t do is such a blessing.

Acts 10:34-35 So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, 35 but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.

God can’t be prejudiced. God’s not less likely to save you or more likely to save you based on your skin color. God can’t pick and choose who to love based on the amount of money in their bank account. God’s with His people, and His people are whoever fears Him and does what is right, those who accept His son Jesus as their Lord and Savior. He doesn’t care if you’re CEO or barista, boy or girl, black or white. God can’t be prejudiced.

This next one is one of the biggies, and one of the ultimate sources of comfort we have.

Psalm 89:34 I will not violate my covenant or alter the word that went forth from my lips.

God can’t break His promises. Say that one out loud. God can’t break His promises. I know that every single person reading this has at one time or another had someone break a promise to them. We’ve all been let down by someone when they didn’t stick to their word about something. You know what’s maybe even more painful than that? Knowing you did that to someone else. Telling someone something, giving them your word, and then breaking it and not coming through for them. No matter which side of it you’re on, it’s a truly painful thing in life, and something that can cause lasting damage. This will never happen with God. Here are just a few of His promises that He can’t break.

He will be with us wherever we go. He will never leave us. He will care for me. He will give me the desires of my heart if I delight in Him. He will guide me into truth. He will give me the right words when I need them. He will give me peace. He will never allow me to be separated from the love of Jesus. He will work all things together for my good. He won’t allow me to be tempted beyond what I can endure.

God can’t break His promises.

As I close this series and this week out, I want to focus on one more thing that God can’t do. It’s probably my favorite God can’t in all of the Bible.

Jeremiah 31:3 the Lord appeared to him from far away. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.

God can’t stop loving us. His is an everlasting love. That word means exactly what it says, it lasts forever. There’s no end to God’s love for me. All of my stupidity, my weak moments, my rebellious actions, my moments of doubt, none of it changes how God feels about me. He. Loves. Me. Period, period, period. God can’t stop loving us.

Romans 8:31-39 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,

For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

PRAYER AND CLOSING

Father God, thank you for this week of blogs and this great subject you led me into.  Every time I wrote the title of the blog I kind of wanted to change it, because you’re the God that can.  Even today, as we looked at a few of your can’ts, each one was a benefit to us.  So right now on this day, I just choose to praise your name.  You are the unmatchable Lord, the undisputable King of glory, the Creator of the universe, and the Author and Finisher of my faith.  I think of my dear friend at church who loves that scripture from Jeremiah.  Every time I read it I hear it in his voice.  You love us with an everlasting love.  There are so many obstacles, so many temptations, so many things we could potentially fear, but when I think of the truth of your everlasting love for me, I find that I am flooded with calm.  Your hand will never be removed from my life, your love will never be away from me.  You can’t stop loving us.  It’s one of the most beautiful statements, Lord, and I just thank you right now for your everlasting love.  Thank you for the value you place on us, and I ask you right now that you help us be a worthy people, a people that honors you and keeps your commandments.  Be swift to correct us when we go astray, Lord, because time is so precious, and I don’t want to waste any of it outside of your will and off of your path.  Thank you for all that you are, all that you do, and all that you’re still doing.  The God who can.  You are so mighty.  In the precious name of Jesus I pray, amen.

Man, I love you guys.  I love God so much.  As I worked on today’s blog I was just so aware of His love all around me.  This God of ours is not ever going to let you down.  He’ll challenge you, He’ll force you to grow, He’ll draw you out into some deep waters, but He’ll be there with you every step of the way.  I hope you all have a wonderful and safe and restful holiday weekend.  If you’ve got Labor Day plans I hope they are a blast and that you and your loved ones all stay safe!

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