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Eric’s Sunday Sermon; Omnipotent, Omnipresent and Wonder of God

Holding degrees in philosophy and Law. Formal studies or certificates or degrees in business, theology, insurance and security. Ex-preacher.

We Are All Children in a Way

Just what is he thinking?

Just what is he thinking?

Reason?

A true God would be Omnipotent and Omnipresent. Omnipotent would mean God can do and make anything happen. Omnipresent would mean that God is everywhere. And it is up to us to take wonder at the marvelous things God does. So if this God be all that omnipresent and omnipotent why do people put rules on God?

It always just amazes me when folks do the timeline of Genesis and put the restrictions of man upon it. Genesis is written for man, not for God to be held to. Just like a Sabbath, that is for man not for God. Just think of this; dating of prehistoric rock formations is for man. God can make a 2 billion year old rock for now in the bat of an eye, which will exist when ever God wants; 2 billion years from now. God gets to be around infinity before now and infinity after now.

I speak of my God which is an Abrahamic and Biblical God. But God could be any kind of God if God wants to be that. My God is in everything. God in theology logic cannot not be restrained by man’s stuff. Think this way, God is in everything ever written or built or performed. Uh oh for those who question if God is in evil destructive things. God is. And I mean God “Is”. I more often than not catch myself trying to use man’s everyday logic when catastrophe or petulance smacks man down hard.

These things just seem so horrible. But I am not omnipotent or omnipresent and pretty much except for the fact that this God of love is in me I am really not all that wondrous. How in the deepest trenches miles down under the sea can God see to it that things get killed and die down there? I am with you all the way when you say that that is “just” nature and nothing to do with God. I am at a loss to explain it.

I am quite willing to know that there is a purpose, that I cannot understand, or no reason at all for covid 19. Now hold on there, I am not a fatalist and do all reasonable things to stay safe and more important do what I can to keep other’s safe. For other people I may have a serious issue; I can find the good in covid 19. Bizarre and unfeeling or not compassionate you say – that is because you are looking to blame God rather than understand God. Why oh why Lord have you forsaken us?

So Help Me

Raging Waters

Wonderful.

Wonderful.

Reason?

Who among us has not suffered grave loss and been mad at God and asked God – Why? It would be my suggestion that feeling that way is a God created state of being. Crazy but obvious if you believe in omnipotence and omnipresence.

Let us get a primary issue out of the way. You may not believe in God. I am not an evangelist and have no talents in that area. But then you must believe in cause and effect and the natural order of life without a God. In other words no reason for anything. Reason is thought. One cannot say properly that evaporation is the reason for clouds. You can say cause but not reason. It is good for us to read Darwin and a fellow named Browski (Ascent of Man). They, in the end will tell us that nature is not filled with reason. It is filled with chance and an order of survival. Our natural fight of flight has no reason, but it kept us alive for our forever. My jury is still out on pets reasoning.

Clouds

I researched clouds a bunch. I like them and have spent time in places out in the wild where knowing what they are going to do could make or break a climb or backcountry snow skiing. A flashflood or an avalanche can ruin a day or maybe take a life if an error is made by man. The sun, the dark, the humidity and the wind are causes for torrential downpours which the desert needs but destroy much. Hard life those deserts at 10 thousand feet or 100 feet below sea level.

Now please walk into and on an extreme rainforest. Be it South East Asia or Americas great North West. Death is everywhere and feeds the trees that reach and greet the heavens. A smell or mold like wetness yet filled with plants that die to make fertilizer for other plants. A cycle of life beyond our comprehension but nevertheless a Wonder. Perhaps that which we cannot fully grasp is wonderment for all we can do is empty our minds of us and let the life come in.

Nature in It's Glory

Sweet.

Sweet.

Good Question

Not Understood

Notice here that I have not been arguing for the existence of God, but rather what a God is. I do not know how love really works. Perhaps it has it’s own logic. But so many times I have thought “how did love do that?” And there is no answer forth coming. It is as though love can do all things. Well I think I have never seen a situation in which love could not make better. As far as love is concerned and man is concerned love is omnipresent and omnipotent and wonderful.

Lest we forget this it was written for us; “4. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” Now that was written over 2,000 years ago and has been read at millions and millions of weddings. I have never ever heard anyone, except in sarcasm, say that the above is not valid. Sure there is always someone moping around and hating love after he got dumped. Amorous love is a tough one.

Perhaps a reader might be asking that age old question, if God is such why does he allow suffering? That is just a great question and one of centuries and centuries with arguments and worse as a result of arguments dealing with that question. Come on now people that is a question only God knows the answer to. You can ask God all day long. For many a reason God does not answer that question. They best we can do is do what we can for those in distress. That much we know that God wants if it is done in love.

I have spent some time in life shaking my head at tragedy but I have never shaken my head at love. I constantly ask “how could he have done that?” If evil. But with love I just think how amazing. With the tumultuous times I don’t know why the health and violence problems are here. But I have looked on with sheer wonder at the loving things folks have done. If you really understand why there is hate and anger – well stop reading and get out there and get to work and spread the word. You simply cannot in love read this and know the answers and not do something with that knowledge. Man simply has not figured it out yet.

But I do know for a fact that Love can make it better. So perhaps we are all called by God to love more deeply and show it more often.

Comments

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on July 03, 2020:

Denise thanks for that great contemplation. I like to hike and climb and sometimes I ask myself if that hard journey is worth it. It always comes back to the journey is the gift not the destination. I have gained some weight during the restrictions. Uh oh. But my wife is on a roll in the kitchen and loving it. God put that in our path.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on July 03, 2020:

Mona, sorry for getting back here so late, thanks for your good comment and the reminder to look a Job. That certainly reminds me that I could ask why but I would not get it.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on July 02, 2020:

I've asked some of these questions too. But then if God is light why does he allow darkness? Maybe because we cannot rejoice in the dawn until we have had a dark night. We always rejoice in the Spring after a long cold Winter. Wouldn't we take God for granted if it was all sunlight and roses all the time? And what about food? Why do we have so many flavors and textures and treats when just a few nutritional things would serve our needs? Is it because God knows that we are fickle and would soon tire of the same ol' thing. Just a thought about us more than about God.

Blessings,

Denise

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on July 02, 2020:

Dear Eric, I think this is one of your best sermons ever. It has tremendous range and depth. I particularly liked the part about clouds. I used to look at clouds a lot when I was small. You also pose the question, why does God allow bad things to happen? I think the answer is found in the Book of Job, particularly at the end of the book when God is speaking. BTW thanks for the song, "If I Were a Rich Man." It sounds a lot like you, content with what you have and full of faith, come what may.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on July 01, 2020:

Dora I thank you. I surely do try.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on July 01, 2020:

Just like you, Eric, to cover everything with love. That's God. He is love. Wrap everything in Him!

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on June 29, 2020:

Hey Linda you just made me realize how lucky we are in our little community here that we can focus on good people real easy. Amazing how that works.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on June 29, 2020:

Eric, our world is full of tragedy and evil. Our world is full of wonder and love. Both are present, and one can choose to focus on the ugly or focus on the good. I know where your focus is.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on June 29, 2020:

God sure seems to work in my life Liz -- if I shut up and listen ;-)

Liz Westwood from UK on June 29, 2020:

You make some interesting points in this article. No one is immune from suffering, but God offers a way of getting through.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on June 29, 2020:

Devika from what I read from your latest article; "Job Searching Now" you are doing real well for feeling helpless. Good for you.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 29, 2020:

Life is hat you make of it! At the moment we have two incomes and it is making me feel helpless. I like your sentiments.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on June 29, 2020:

Clive I know one thing only on that. God is being God. I believe he is a God of love. So go figure what he allowed to happen to the Son and all the disciples. I kind of get it, but not really.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on June 29, 2020:

Flourish I slept on your comment. It is so right there in our faces. What are we to think of the curmudgeon? One positive way is that they are put here to get us to really think about loving thy enemies. I get that Judas had a purpose. So strange to think about.

Clive Williams from Jamaica on June 28, 2020:

I wonder, where is God now and what he is doing.

FlourishAnyway from USA on June 28, 2020:

Your sentiments at the end summarize this beautifully. My grandmother is dying and it’s not been an easy last few years for her. She’s certainly not the most selfless, giving person either and has not been the best parent, wife, daughter, or grandmother. In spite of her poor behavior all these many years there are some relatives who forgive (or are at least holding their tongues) and are seeing her through her last days or weeks with love. I don’t know which side of the gate she’ll end up on if you know what I mean, but you have to love your most difficult relatives too.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on June 28, 2020:

Mary, first my wife got laid off and then she lost her job for good. My stuff I do from home shriveled up as "clients" closed up. So we were having some heart to heart about finance. We started with a prayer and ended with one. We wonder what God has in store for us. Kind of like waking up every morning and finding surprises.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on June 28, 2020:

Thanks Manatita. This was actually hard to write. How do you write about that which you do not know? So I was happy to get to how love fits in, that is something we can know as you do so well.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on June 28, 2020:

Ruby you get right to the heart of things. I like playing with "what you do not know cannot hurt you." We know things are so bad for so many But I don't get to know the why. I figure that is how it is meant to be.

Here is one I like -- different bibles use charity and love interchangeable. Sounds so right in these times.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on June 28, 2020:

Pamela I figure if we are contrite and loving we have it made. Probably the rest is just good old fashion learning. And I truly love doing that. I have seen love in the absolute worst hopeless situations and it carries folks who embrace it.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on June 28, 2020:

Many times we shake our head at events, and our understanding when these events happen is often limited. As you say, God is omnipotent and omnipresent, but often we don't think God is in these. I admire people who have strong faith, as mine sometimes shook.

manatita44 from london on June 28, 2020:

This is a most wonderful piece! You have captured so much of the invisible in the visible, that I do not wish to say anything. A truly magnificent piece!

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on June 28, 2020:

The why and if of things we don't understand, there are many. Why do good people suffer when the greedy prosper? I don't know, but I'm a firm believer that we'll figure it all out someday. Your sermon today is a lesson in faith. We can't see, but we feel and that comes from the holey spirit. I love that you put love way ahead in class, without it, how could we survive this troublesome time all over the world. You said that you like clouds, I do too. We're getting a much needed rain here today. I know the farmers are happy. Blessings, be well.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 28, 2020:

This is a very good sermon, Eric. I think when God gave us free will we created our own problems. I don't ever want to see pain or suffering, but it is here in our world. I agree that love of everything, especially others is essential for peace in our hearts. I always feel uplifed when I read your sermons.

I hope you and your family has a very good week, with each of you staying safe and healthy.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on June 28, 2020:

Bill "Give me that control!? -- not. Boy I would mess up a lot of stuff if I was in control.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 28, 2020:

As long as I can accept that there is a power greater than me, my life is fine. The day I think I'm the be all, end all, I am in serious trouble. Life is good, and Love is the reason. End of story for this boy!

Happy Sunday my friend!

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