18th August 2023
How can we rely on the power of God?
We often hear about the power of God, and Scripture is full of examples of His power in action.
He is "the great God, mighty and awesome". We are taught to rely on His great power to get us through trials such as a job loss, a sticky divorce, bankruptcy, hateful persecutions, a debilitating illness, or the loss of a loved one. Learning to rely on the power of God is part of living the Christian life.
The apostle Paul gives us a glimpse of the power of God when he writes of "his incomparably great power for us who believe.
The Greek word translated "great" is 'megethos', which means "strong" or "great," and it appears only here in the New Testament.
Greek authorities tell us that, because the term 'megethos' is found only here in all the New Testament, this reflects the outreach of Paul's mind when he sought to describe the power of God.
Paul was "stretching at the seams" as he tried to describe the power of God and pour more meaning into his words. What Paul is really telling us is that God's power exceeds or surpasses everything - it is unimaginable power.
God spoke the universe into existence, raised Jesus from the dead, and "placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church", and He has power far beyond any possibility of being measured.
How can we learn to rely on the enormous power of God?
First of all, we choose to remember the things that God has done.
Also, to rely on the power of God, we must learn to cease trusting in our frail efforts and hand our resources over to the One who can do anything.
God's power is perfected in our weakness.
The disciples were at their wits' end trying to figure out how to feed the 5,000; it was not until they brought the small amount of food they had to Christ that anyone was fed.
Joshua stood helpless before the walls of Jericho, but he learned to trust the Lord's battle plan.
Zerubbabel faced the daunting task of rebuilding the temple, and God reminded him that the work would be done "not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit".
Prayer is a vital part of relying on the power of God, as we pray, "Thy will be done". Jesus said, "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened".
It was after a prayer meeting in the early church that "the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly".
It was during a prayer meeting that Peter was miraculously released from prison.
The resurrection of Jesus certainly demonstrates the great power of God and is the great hope of all believers. Because He lives, we will live also. Peter said we have been "born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away"
No matter what happens in this world, we have the power of God and Jesus' resurrection; the Lord will grant us an inheritance and sustain us through eternity.
We "through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time". As Martin Luther sang during the Protestant Reformation,
"The body they may kill; / God's truth abideth still."
No matter how weak or ill-equipped we may at times feel, we can rely on the power of God.
We have the assurance that God "is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us".
We have confidence that ultimately God will accomplish His good in our lives:
"In all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose".
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