Things God Can't Do!

I went to school with someone who couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket if his life depended on it. Monotone was his style. I could never figure out why it was the school’s policy to make sure everyone was included in the choir. Those who stood beside him wanted to ask him politely to just mouth the words! On the positive side, his outgoing enthusiasm was infectious (which actually made his issue even more obvious). Although he wanted to be able to sing he just couldn’t!

We all have things that we would like to be able to do but just can’t. I have a friend that would like to be able to climb Mount Everest! He collects everything and anything to do with Everest, watching all the documentaries. Family and finances prevent him from ever being in a position to climb the world’s highest mountain.

Did you know that there are some things that God can’t do? You might think that because God is omniscient (all-knowing), omnipresent (all-present), and omnipotent (all-powerful), that He should be able to do anything! Let’s have a look at a few of the things that God can’t do.

God can’t get tired. In Genesis we read that God rested after the six days of creation. Did God need the rest? Not at all. Resting after a full week of work was done as an example for us to follow. We are the one’s that get tired and are in need of regular rest. Isaiah puts it plainly: “Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary” (Isa. 40:28).

Another thing God can’t do is tell a lie. “God is not a man, that He should lie ... has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” (Num. 23:19). The writer to the Hebrews agrees by saying it is “impossible” for God to lie (Heb. 6:18). That’s why we can trust God and have complete confidence in His Word.

God cannot remember sins He chooses to forget. My guess is that most of us have done something in life that we’re not proud of. Perhaps we’ve even confessed our error to the Lord. Yet, our error refuses to stay in the past. When confessed God doesn’t have trouble forgetting our errors but sometimes we do! David boldly proclaims that “He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west” (Psalm 103:12). Not only has God removed them from us but from His own memory as well! (Heb. 10:17).

God can’t stop loving us. We don’t always do what’s right. We don’t always make Him proud. We don’t always deserve His love, but He loves us anyway. God told Israel, “I've loved you with an everlasting love, therefore I've drawn you with gracious love” (Jer. 31:3). His message to all people remains the same. In John we read “God loved the world this way: He gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life” (John 3:16).

Finally, God can’t reject anyone that comes to Him in faith. Paul told the Romans that “whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Rom. 10:13). Everyone means everyone! God can’t say that your sins are too great or that you’ve made too many mistakes. God can’t tell you that you’re too old, obnoxious, or weird. If you call on the name of the Lord in faith He will forgive!

I’m so glad that there are things that God can’t do. Aren’t you?