God is omnicompetent

We often refer to some of God’s attributes as the “omni’s.” The prefix “omni” means “all or every or complete.”

Recently I was listening to a sermon by Ramesh Richards, one of my DTS profs–a brilliant man. In that sermon, as a sidenote, he referred to God as omnicompetent. I had never heard that term–but I think I can define it.

God is omnicompetent, or omnicapable, in that He is capable of doing what needs to be done.  He is competent / capable to handle every situation, doing whatever is needed with a view to whatever will accomplish His ultimate purpose for His greatest glory.

How should we respond to the God who is Omnicompetent?

If God is able to handle every situation, then we should trust Him in any situation.  This means we must surrender our control over situations and circumstances–not trying to control outcomes but we must be willing to depend on God’s competence.  Not try to do it ourselves, by ourselves, for ourselves.  However, this does not necessarily mean passivity. Part of God’s omnicompetence is His enablement of us.  But we must distinguish between active faith in the omnicompetent Lord and our “feeling of” or “attempts to be” omnicompetent.  We are not super-men, but God is supernatural.

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