But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth. Acts 1:8 (NASB)
A couple of weeks ago, my pastor, Rev. Kevin Miller of Hebron Baptist Church, gave us a visual illustration of someone who had a power screwdriver not bothering to plug it in, but twisting and turning, trying desperately to manually screw something in with it. I’ve done that many times. I’ve never gotten very far.
Most people struggle a large portion of their lives for some measure of power, whether it’s political power, financial power, religious power, or just control in a marriage or family situation. But, like most other idols, power is an elusive and transitory thing that never satisfies, even in the event we’re able to gain some semblance of it.
But that’s a human concept of power. God’s power is different. It can transform everything. Do we ever even realize how much of this power we have available to us if we will only plug in to it? Our God spoke the universe into being. He owns the cattle on a thousand hills. He can make the lame to walk and the blind to see. Do we really believe that? Or is our image of God too small? As a grandma, I get to watch a lot of Curious George. A couple of days ago, George was trying to count the stars in the sky. He couldn’t do it because he kept falling asleep. That’s how big our God is. But our God is also so personal, He knows the number of hairs on our head, and keeps our tears in a bottle. Why would He want to keep track of something like that? Because that’s the kind of God He is. That’s the Power we have through the Holy Spirit—dynamite!
Or is our problem that we don’t really trust in His love for us enough to believe He would care about our petty problems? Is that what is it that keeps us from plugging in to the true source of all power? I’ll admit sometimes I think that’s me. We know that we don’t really deserve His love. If we’re honest, we admit we’re sinful. God is perfect. He knows our every sin. Even as Christians, we fail Him continually. So we tend to ask ourselves, ‘Why would He want to help me?’ And there is no logical answer. It just goes back to that’s Who He is. He has an unconditional love for His children that goes far beyond our comprehension.
It’s time to plug in and squeeze the trigger. Prayer is the key. No, God is not a magic genie in a lamp. We can’t bend Him to our will. We have to bend to His. But He will give us the power to do that, and His will is always the best way for us, because He loves us and wants only the best for us. Sometimes it’s all we can do to see ten feet in front of us, so we have a very narrow view. He sees it all. We must trust Him. Change will never be easy, but the Bible tells us we are His workmanship, and God never makes junk. He wants us to be the best we can be. And if God is for us, who or what can stand against us? We have the power?
Taboo Tuesday Question of the Day: When was the time you felt the most powerless in your life? How did God come through for you?