God can do Anything!
by Angela M Jendro
God can do anything. Although it can be used as a cheap and quick answer to theological difficulties, at the same time there’s tremendous richness to this simple, yet powerful truth. Think about that for a moment…God can do anything! How many times in the Gospels does someone ask Jesus, “if you will it, you can…” In response to cries for mercy, healing, and forgiveness, Jesus consistently responded, “I do will it,” and miraculously restored the person with His human touch or word, and His divine power.
Granted, sometimes God says no to our plea, or at least “not yet” or “not in the way you are asking.” Pride or pain responds with rage. “God can do anything, but He won’t do this which I have asked of Him!” In these moments we are challenged to surrender our reasoning and/or our emotions to the Lord in trust. Yes, God can do anything, but God is also love. Not only that, but God’s love is superabundant and prefers to give the very best over the mediocre. The most loving thing a parent can say to their child sometimes is “no.” We see this especially today in American culture. We have so much we can give our children that we risk spoiling them and stunting their personal growth if we do not refuse them things we could give, but shouldn’t. For us, it can be difficult to discern when to say yes, and when to say no. Sometimes we know the right answer but are too weak to follow through with a no, or don’t have the resources to say yes. Thankfully, our heavenly Father has perfect wisdom and perfect power which He applies with perfect love. We can trust His will, which is what Jesus did at all times and exhorts us to do as well.
We should seek to know the Lord, and to pursue deeper understanding of His revelation. God invites dialogue and investigation. At the same time, we need to remember that it’s not a dialogue with an equal. There will be times we must simply surrender to His care and trust His word. Jesus taught and did things that went beyond human understanding. Sometimes we can forget His divinity due to His extraordinary nearness; He had such humility that He “ who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men” (Philippians 2:6-7). Yet, because of that nearness, many also witnessed his divine power – healing the blind, calming the storm, raising people from the dead, and Himself rising from the dead and glorified.
Do you believe God can do anything? Do you believe Jesus can do anything? That is the question posed to us during Easter. Jesus has risen! Do you believe it? You shall rise too! Can you believe that? If so, then the rest of Christ’s teachings, in Scripture and through His Church, deserve our belief. Can bread and wine become the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Christ in the Eucharist? Why not?! If Jesus said so, and He can do anything, then it’s so.
In our Christian life of discipleship Christ challenges us both to exert our mind and seek understanding as far as possible, as well as accepting when we are in mystery territory and responding with trust, surrender, and praise before the power and glory of God.
Meditate on this truth in prayer: God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, cares for me with the full strength of His all-powerful Love. Rejoice in this and take comfort in it.
© 2023 Angela M Jendro
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- Take Time For Him: Simple, Soulful Gospel Meditations to Ignite the Busy Person’s Spiritual Life (follows Year A in the Catholic Liturgical Cycle)
- Take Time For Him Some More (follows Year B in the Catholic Liturgical Cycle)
- Take Time For Him: Remain In His Love (follows Year C in the Catholic Liturgical Cycle)