“For nothing is impossible with God”–Luke 1:37 (NIV)
“Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me?” –Jeremiah 32:27 (KJV)
God is clearly omnipotent. He can do all things. Yet, not all things! If He could do everything, He couldn’t be trusted. And as paradoxical as it may sound, the reason there is nothing He can’t do is that there are some things He can’t do.
We promise, you will agree with us before you finish reading. Let’s begin!
1. God cannot change.
“For I am the LORD, I change not…” –Malachi 3:6 (KJV)
Because God cannot change, we can be sure even till eternity, He will forever remain loving, faithful, trustworthy, wonderful, all-powerful, all-knowing and all we know about Him. Our hope for the future gains firm grounding in His inability to change.
2. God cannot lie
“God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” –Numbers 23:19 (KJV)
God will never say something that is false. That’s why He is the only one whose account of creation we can believe. That’s why when He says anything about the future, it is not just a prediction, but the actual ”history of the future”! We can fully bank our hopes and plans on them.
3. God cannot go back on His word
“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it” –Isaiah 55:11 (KJV)
Men can talk with full honesty about what they want to do, but change their minds when future uncertainties set in. God is not like that. Once He says it, change is impossible—another reason we can trust Him with all our heart.
4. God cannot break a promise
“My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.” –Psalm 89:34 (KJV)
You may be fully resolved in your mind about fulfilling a promise. You may decide not to go back on your word as well. But challenges can sometimes weaken your knees, and clamp down on you until you fail on that promise. It is just because you are not God. For Him, no challenge can even glance at His knee! He literally strolls over them.
5. God cannot forsake you.
“…he will never leave you nor forsake you” –Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV)
Don’t get too comfortable yet. Sometimes you may feel forsaken by God. Jesus himself cried out on the cross, “why have you forsaken me?” [Matthew 27:46] He felt forsaken. But God was only being silent in order to accomplish what was necessary—a result Jesus himself cherished. When you feel forsaken, God has not forsaken you. He cannot! Whatever He is doing is for your own benefit!
6. God cannot get tired
“The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary…” –Isaiah 40:28b (NIV)
So then, why did God take rest after creation? Well, God does not get worn-out. If He did, He should have taken the rest during creation, not after it. He was simply done. He was just not busy with anything any longer. He only decided to observe the things He so beautifully created and to teach us a Kingdom Culture of observing Sabbath.
7. God cannot tempt anyone
“…for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:” James 1:13 (KJV)
To tempt is to try someone in an attempt to make them sin, fall or backslide. God cannot tempt. But He does put us to test. The difference is that, His tests are not aimed at making us fall, but to strengthen and prepare us to handle bigger blessings and responsibilities in His Kingdom.
So there you have it! 7 things God cannot do.
Authored by Ebenezer Agbey Quist.
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