We so often hear and talk about the power and sovereignty of God, and about the things He is able or capable to do, but do you know that there are some things God cannot do? Before you think I am about to write something heretical, these things as you imagined are things that are inconsistent with his character and incompatible with his nature. For example:
It is impossible for God to lie
I am sure you have met, either in your family or among your friends, people who are not trustworthy when it comes to what they say. They promise you that they will do something, but never deliver on their promises. God is not like that – He means what he says and says what he means. The scripture says it is impossible for him to lie. What that means is that you can depend on his every word and trust in his promises.
It is impossible for God to be unfaithful
It is his nature to be faithful. 2 Timothy 2:13 says, “if we are faithless, he remains faithful—
for he cannot deny himself. This verse is a reminder of God’s preserving power and faithfulness. He is faithful to his word and promises. He’ s committed to the end. He will never abandon us for any reason. He will relentlessly pursue us until we die, even if we consistently refuse him.
It is impossible for God to refuse anyone who comes to him in faith
There is hope for the sinner. There is room in his heart and at the cross for the vilest of sinner. There is nothing in the world you can do that God cannot forgive. All day long, the scripture says, his hand is extended – wide open for you to come. And when you do turn to him in faith – “He will in no wise cast you out.” John 6:37
It is impossible for God to not love.
God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. I love the way Jeremiah puts in 31:3 – “I have loved you with an everlasting love.” This love he has for us never fails, never ceases. On and on it goes.
It is impossible for God to sleep
I think this point will make for a good debate or an interesting study. But the point I want to make here is far from just a theological debate. Psalm 121:2-3 says, “He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.” Check out the many times the word “keep” is mentioned (to keep, guard, watch over, and attend to carefully). The point here is that the Lord is your keeper at all times; he will neither slumber nor sleep. Not only is God all-powerful (Ps. 121:2), he is ever-watchful
It is impossible for God to be unjust
Jeremiah 17:10 says, “God searches the heart and tests the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.” He is just, impartial and pure in his judgments. You can expect to be treated fairly in everything pertaining to things in this life and the one to come. He will judge our secret sins and everything good and bad (Ecclesiastes 12:14).
It is impossible for God to change
He is the same yesterday, today and forever… I love the way James put it in 1:17 – Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. Always faithful, always loving, always kind, always good, always holy, always just – always father.