My entire world is extremely distracting right now as I am trying to write this blog. Let me set the scene for you. I have a vinyl record of the eight minute long Beatles' song "Hey Jude" playing in the background to try to set the mood to write this blog. My puppers, Pluto, is chasing my poor cat round and round the kitchen table. He sounds like a gurgling sink because of his squished nose. My other cat Zelda is rustling in the curtains trying to avoid Pluto. And last but not least, my phone is ringing, but my fingers are covered in taco leftovers from dinner and the screen won't pick up my finger swipe.
Jude is this quaint, twenty-five verse book in the Bible that accounts the letter of warning that Jude is writing to a group of Jewish or even Gentile people, it is a unspecified group of believers, post resurrection. Jude warns them, in his letter, of ungodly people and false teachers who have infiltrated the church. Jude concludes this warning with a reminder that they are the holy people of God and to remain in a manner worthy of their calling.
I want to focus, though, on the last two verses of Jude. They are often referred to as the doxology of Jude.
To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy—to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.
I first came across these verses in a study on God's omnipotence, his all powerfulness. I read these verses are am like, wow, my heart.
I have always struggled with the omnipotence of God. If God is all powerful, then how is it that bad things happen? How is there good in the darkness and the darkest places in my life? I have asked every question to almost anyone who will listen. I have throughly wrestled for seasons with the idea that God is omnipotent.
Jude speaks to the truth that God is omnipotent because even in our sin, we are presented in the presence of God without fault and with great joy. What great power is that? Jude says that to God alone be all power forevermore. I read this and am so thankful that I have an omnipotent God, a God who has the power of all grace and mercy and chose to extend that grace and mercy to me.
I think I struggle with God's omnipotence, well, because I am not God. I struggle with the desire to be all powerful. I am wouldn't that be great? I have found peace in the fact that God alone is in control of everything. This is where faith steps in. Faith constitutes being okay with not fully understanding the promises of God, and knowing that what I believe is good and perfect for my own life is not always good and perfect in the eyes of God and His will.
I am resting in the omnipotence of God today. I am leaning into this truth, knowing that I serve a God who is never contrary to His character, and who is all powerful over the grave, sin, and death. We serve a God who has conquered the grave.