by Mark Oshman
A street preacher once encountered a heckler who issued a familiar challenge: "If God is so powerful, could He create a stone which He couldn't lift?" The preacher replied, "No, but I see how He could make a donkey talk!" As the crowd laughed heartily, the would-be disrupter quietly slipped away.
Everything around us declares that God is almighty. As David exclaimed, "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handiwork" (Ps. 19:1). Jeremiah wrote that God made the earth by His power, established it by His wisdom, and stretched out the heavens by His discretion (Jer. 10:12). In Hebrews, we are informed that Jesus Christ upholds all things by the word of His power (Heb. 13). No one can place limitations upon God's power.
Because God is almighty, His saints are assured that His intervention in their behalf will not be fruitless. He appeared unto Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as God Almighty when He confirmed His covenants with them (Ex. 6:3). It was as the Almighty God that He scattered kings as He went forth before His people (Ps. 68:7,14). Under the shadow of the Almighty is where His saints will find refuge (Ps. 91:1). Because God is almighty, we can be assured that no evil can befall us apart from His will and without His consent.
All around us, we see people that act like they've lost their spiritual moorings. Tossed to and fro by turbulent forces over which they seem to have no control, they cry out for directiion and security. What a blessing to be able to tell them about the Almighty God who calms the wind and waves of adverse circumstances and tells the troubled soul, "Peace! Be still!"