The Accomplishing Power of God

The Attributes of God

There is a lot I want to do. There is more I cannot do. I am limited, finite. I die. Grow tired.

God, thank Him, is not like me. He accomplishes all His will—always.* And, unlike me, that is a good thing. God is not like me. If I accomplished all my will this world would be a scary and stupid place to live. I have neither the character nor wisdom to accomplish my will.

I rest in the fact that God does accomplish all He purposes. And I take much comfort in the fact that He is holy. His character and purposes are always good, all the time, and He is all-wise.

I am sure you remember Bob Ross. Bob Ross would paint his “happy little trees.” He once said, “In painting, you have unlimited power. You have the ability to move mountains. You can bend rivers. But when I get home, the only thing I have power over, is the garbage.” Yet, sometimes Bob Ross would “move mountains” and “bend rivers” and it didn’t seem to make sense.

Sometimes he would say:

“Just ‘smoosh’ it in there. It’s not a real word, but people seem to know what it means” (I don’t know what he means)

“Just put a few do-ers in there…”

“Decide where your little footy hills live”

“Shwooop. Hehe. You have to make those little noises, or it just doesn’t work”

“The only thing worse than yellow snow is green snow”

Or, listen to this:

“If you did this with yellow, and you went over it with blue, you would end up with a .. with a translucent… green. And it’s gorgeous. It is GORGEOUS.” Did you know that? Would you have guessed that? I certainly wouldn’t have.

Well, if you have watched Bob Ross you might think he was a little crazy and didn’t know what he was doing. But by the end of the episode you see a beautiful picture. After you have seen one episode you don’t question him as much; you know he is a great painter.

Well, God’s power is analogues to this. God is the Great Painter. He will accomplish His will. Sometimes it doesn’t make sense to us. But we can trust His character. We can trust that the end will be beautiful. Better then we could have imagined.

Not even the terrible sufferings of this present time are worth comparing to the amazing glory that will be revealed to us. God will indeed work all things together for good. He will make all things new. He will accomplish His perfect will.

God help us to trust You. To rest in You. God, I thank You that you are all-wise. I thank You that You are Good.


*E.g. Gen. 18:14; Job 42:2; Ps. 33:11; 43:13; 115:3; 135:6; Prov. 16:9; 19:21; 21:30; Is. 46:10; Jer. 32:27;Dan. 4:35; Matt. 19:26; Luke 1:37; Eph. 1:4-5; Rev. 3:7. This is known as God’s efficacy. He accomplishes His will.

About Paul O'Brien

I am a lot of things; saint and sinner. I struggle and I strive. I am a husband and father of three. I have been in pastoral ministry for 10 years. I went to school at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary but most of my schooling has been at the School of Hard Knocks. I have worked various jobs, including pheasant farmer, toilet maker, construction worker, and I served in the military. My wife and I enjoy reading at coffee shops, taking walks, hanging out with friends and family, and watching our three kid's antics. :)

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