Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
God is the absolute authority and ruler over His creation. Neither a hair nor a sparrow fall apart from God’s will (see Matthew 10:29-30). Without infinite, unchanging power and authority, God’s other attributes would be conditional. If God were not all-powerful, His love could be affected, or changed, by outside forces. Thankfully, we serve a God whose love is perfect and eternal; it is not affected by anything outside His will.
We know from Romans 8:28 that “God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Even though we do not know everything we may want to know about the Lord, in Scripture He has revealed what we need to know about His attributes and desires.
First and foremost is that He loves us: “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). He desires for us to share the Good News of Christ with others. Jesus said, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20).
No matter how impossible our call may seem, how difficult our obstacles, or how fierce our opposition, we must hope in the Lord and let Him renew our strength (see Isaiah 40:31). God’s strength is sufficient for His children, and He will never let anything separate us from His love (see 2 Corinthians 12:9; Romans 8:38-39).
There is much comfort in God’s revelation of Himself to us. Spend time in His Word and get to know Him in a richer and fuller way. In His presence lie all the contentment, peace, and joy you could desire—and more!
Prayer: Father, I am so grateful that You have absolute authority and that Your love is unconditional. Help me to spend more time in Your Word so that I will know You better. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
“You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand” (Psalm 16:11).