The title of this piece goes against everything you’ve heard in Sunday school, and it would seem to be exactly the point some atheists would love to validate. You know, they’re the ones who ask such questions as, “Can God make a rock so big he can’t move it?” But you don’t need false reasoning to show there are some things God can’t do, and I’ll tell you why:
Wild lions act according to wild lions’ nature. Monkeys act according to monkeys’ nature. And regrettably, humans act according to human nature. In the same way, God acts according to his nature.
Because God is sovereign, he’s over the top of the food chain, the Head Honcho over all head honchos, so he does what he wants when he wants, and anyone who has a problem with that will just have to run home crying to Mommy (not that it would do them any good). (Psalms 115:3; Psalms 135:6; Isaiah 46:10; Romans 11:36; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Ephesians 1:11)
Because God is holy, he can’t sin—couldn’t if he wanted to. In fact, if he chose to sin, the act would miraculously become non-sinful because sin is defined as going against his expressed will. Another way of saying it is, what he does, thinks, or says, defines good.
Because God is love (1 John 4:8, 16), he can’t hate his creation—that’s us. Yes, he hates sin, but that’s something else altogether. And he hates sin because it hurts us, whom he loves. Some will point out Scripture passages that say God hates some people, such as Romans 9:13, where the emotion referred to as hate is a comparison to his love for Jacob, rather than absolute hatred for Esau.
Because God is all-knowing, he can’t be ignorant or forgetful. The beauty of that fact is once we are in Christ, forgiven of our sins and filled with his Holy Spirit, he chooses to forget our sins because Jesus’ blood washed them away, and as far as God is concerned, they never happened.
Because God is always everywhere, he can’t be absent. He couldn’t go on vacation if he wanted to. People’s magnificent efforts to escape from him or ignore him are absolutely futile.
I could go on listing wonderful things about God, but just know that for each of his many attributes, there is something he can’t do to go against it. And that’s one of the greatest things about him; you can count on him to always be true to himself. As you study God’s Word, you come to know him, how he works and what to expect from him. God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? (Numbers 23:19)