Martin Luther on the Omnipotence of God

“I say that man without the grace of God nonetheless remains the general omnipotence of God who effects, and moves and impels all things in a necessary infallible course; but the effect of man’s being carried along is nothing –that is, avails nothing in God’s signt nor is reckoned to be anything but sin.”

Martin Luther

For more quotes by Martin Luther see:

Martin Luther Quote #2 on Facing Challenges

Martin Luther on Teaching and Teachers

Martin Luther on Our Union with Christ

God’s Great Love for You by Rick Warren–Book Review

This lovely book would be a wonderful way to introduce children to some of the important attributes of God. It speaks not only of God’s love but His omnipotence (He created and sustains everything) and His omnipresence (He is everywhere).

Designed to appeal to children from the ages of 4-8, the illustrations by Chris Saunders are whimsical and appealing. This book is bound to become a family favorite and keepsake, one to read over and over again.


For more books for children see these posts:

Love is (illustrated by Paola Escobar) –Book Review

I Wanted to Know All About God by Virginia L. Kroll–Book Review

Let There Be Light by Archbishop Desmond Tutu–Book Review

What Do You Really Know?

We tend to think of our civilization as very advanced;  humankind has certainly come a long way.  We can cure diseases that were once fatal; we can access all sorts of information instantly via the internet;  we can fly any place in the world, and we’ve even reached the moon!  There is a temptation to feel that if we don’t know it all yet, we will soon.  How far from true that is!  Turn to the book of Job.  When Job’s life started going down the tubes, he questioned God and His plans.  He thought his situation was unfair and God was unjust.  Here’s God’s answer:

“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?  Tell me, if you have understanding.

Who determined its measurements–surely you know!  Or who stretched the line upon it?

On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstones, when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

Or who shut in the sea with doors when it burst from the womb, when I made clouds its garment and thick darkness its swaddling band, and prescribed limits for it and set bars and doors, and said, ‘Thus far shall you come and no farther, and here shall your proud waves be stayed’?

Have you commanded the morning since your days began, and caused the dawn to know its place, that it might take hold of the skirts of the earth, and the wicked be shaken out of it?

It is changed like clay under the seal, and its features stand out like a garment.

From the wicked their light is withheld, and their uplifted arm is broken.

Have you entered into the springs of the sea, or walked in the recesses of the deep?

Have the gates of death been revealed to you, or have you seen the gates of deep darkness?

Have you comprehended the expanse of the earth?  Declare if you know all this.”  Job 38:4-18

In other words, God is God and we’re not.  There are many things about creation, death, and our own lives that we will never understand or know.  Real knowledge starts with humility — realizing how little we know, and how much we owe to God.