I’m quite sure you were taken aback when you read the title of this blog post— “When God can nothing.”
“Are you then inferring that God is limited in some way?” You might want to ask further.
Of course, it’s not as you think. God is Almighty and His understanding is infinite (Psalms 145:7) but, we must understand the fact that, there are rules which must be followed and our sovereign God is not an exception to abide by certain of these rules. So, there are times when God can do nothing about a situation.
One incidence from the scriptures which moved me to see deeper into the characteristics of our God was when God wanted to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah. Out of mercy, God decided to spare Lot (Abraham’s cousin) and his family. In the midst of planning safety for Lot and His family, Lot suggested to the Lord (who came in form of men) that, he and his family should flee to a small city nearby and the Lord succumbed to his suggestion. See Genesis chapter 19 for details.
Meanwhile, look at the strucking words from the Lord to Lot: “See, I have accepted thee concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow this city, for the which thou hast spoken. Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do any thing till thou be come thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.” (Genesis 29: 20-21)
God Himself declared that, He could do nothing till Lot went to the city he suggested. This is not saying that God is incompetent enough to do the necessary but, there are times when the hands of God would (in reality) be tied to move.
God is principled.
You see, God is not a coincidence; He is intentional— concerning His thoughts, plans, commandments and His ways in general. Also, God is principled. When He wants to take part in a process, He faithfully does His own part of the deal. So, the prevailing condition in most of our lives is that, we are not playing our own part of the deal but more often than not, we believe that, everything step to progress in our life endeavours is up to God. Our minds are usually blinded by either the overwhelming situation or ignorance to see what we ourselves ought to do. And, most times, we are usually in ignorance of what to do in order to allow God to move as He would.
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…” Hosea 4:6
You see from that well-knowning scripture that, you and I may continue to grope in the dark and even die there afterwards if we are ignorant of what we need to do.
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2nd Chronicles 7:14
That was God speaking to Solomon after He had built the Lord a house.
It is not enough to decide to embark on the right road but, you must be able to tread carefully on the road. If not, you’d just get hit here and there. After all, the path to success is not one of so much gratification.
So, if you want to start and finish the journey well, you must be willing (humble) to let God hold your hand. If you decide to walk the way you want it, God would obviously be incapable to lead when He Himself wants to guide you.
This is to mean that, our own selves can serve as the hindrance to God’s presence in our lives— when we refuse to humble ourselves to learn, seek God as we can ought to and do what will provide the runway for God’s move.
You see, God is ever ready to go miles with us if only we can do what is meant of us. With the way some situations are daily going worse in our lives, what many of us do is to keep raising our pitched voices in prayers and what we feel is the norm and yet, it seems as though, things remain the same way. We then think that, God does not answer prayers or something but, it really isn’t like that. We just need to find out what we ought to do and do it.
So, stop holding God down from moving; do what you ought to because God is ready to work with you!