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God's Power in Nature
Bible study on God's power.

Last week Japan was struck by a magnitude 8.9 earthquake resulting in a tsunami that pushed thirty-foot-walls of water six miles inland, and caused damage across the Pacific Ocean as far away as California.

This devastating event reminds me of God's power.

Nature Discloses God's Eternal Power
God created the universe so that it discloses His invisible attributes, eternal power, and divine nature.

  • "For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse" (Rom. 1:20).

We see God's power in nature, even in horrific events such as earthquakes and tsunamis. Though we feel sorry for the pain, suffering, and death resulting from such events, we glorify God because these events disclose His invisible attributes, eternal power, and divine nature.

Nature Demonstrates the Power of God's Word
God created the universe through Jesus by the power of His word.

  • "By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible" (Heb. 11:3).
  • "He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities -- all things have been created through Him and for Him" (Col. 1:15-16).

And God sustains all that was created by the power of Jesus' word.

  • God, "in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power" (Heb. 1:2-3a).
  • "He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together" (Col. 1:17).
  • "'Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created'" (Rev. 4:11).

God's creation demonstrates His power in everything, especially today with the knowledge that the earth is spinning over 1,000 miles per hour at the equator, and moving over 60,000 miles an hour around the sun. Yet, we feel none of this motion.

It's impossible for me to fully grasp the power demonstrated by God in creating and sustaining the universe. But when I contemplate His omnipotence (that He has limitless power), I realize my mind is incapable of even beginning to understand God's power.

  • "And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, 'Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns'" (Rev. 19:6, NKJV)!

God's Wrath Reveled From Heaven
By revealing His eternal power and divine nature through creation, God also reveals His wrath against ungodliness and unrighteousness.

"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen" (Rom. 1:18-25).

No Excuse
So man is without excuse (Rom. 1:20). Each person is accountable to God for seeking Him out and obeying Him.

"'The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, "For we also are His children"'" (Acts 17:24-28).

"'Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead'" (Acts 17:30-31).

God's Power Works in His Children
As people who have sought God out and obeyed Him, we have God's power working in us.

The gospel is the power of God to salvation to everyone who believes; the word of the cross is the power of God to us who are being saved; God's word performs its work in us who believe; God is at work in us, both to will and to work for His good pleasure; we are strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man; God is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us (Rom. 1:16; 1 Cor. 1:18; 1 Th. 2:13; Phil. 2:13; Eph. 3:16, 20).

God's power in nature helps us better understand Him.

It helps us understand His wrath toward ungodliness, and His power that works in His children.

Most of all for me personally, it helps me understand His power to save us from sin, and the power He'll display for eternity in heaven as we gather around His throne.