The Power of God

Power is defined as strength, might, force, and the ability to influence in order to bring about a certain affect or change.  God told Moses in the book of Exodus concerning Pharaoh, “And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to shew in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth,” (Exodus 9:16).  God raised up Moses to confront Pharaoh (whom God also raised up) in order to show the world the absolute power of God who directs the paths of history.  No one has the power and authority that is contained in the mind of God. The fact that God chooses us to carry out His power that is greater than all the energy of the universe is mind boggling.  Pharaoh and the Egyptians believed that he was the most powerful force in world.  They worshipped him as god.  Yet the one true God, Jehovah, demonstrated to Moses and Egypt the overwhelming power of God through a simple, timid man named Moses.

That’s what God desires for each of us. He wants to demonstrate His power to a troubled world through us in order that they would turn to him for help.  As God demonstrated His power through Moses, the faithful followers of Pharaoh eventually turned their backs on him and conformed to the God of the Hebrews (Exodus 12:36).

The power of God is beyond imagination and our scope of thinking.  Here on earth we receive small glimpses of God’s power through weather patterns, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, lightning, etc. We look to the stars and observe a universe with galaxies that expand for 1 billion lightyears, yet Genesis 1:16 makes a most casual statement about God’s tremendous power, “he made the stars also.”  Psalm 33:6 states, “By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.”  God’s power created everything from nothing with a spoken thought. That’s power.

Imagine the blast of a nuclear bomb large enough to destroy entire cities in a matter of minutes.  Now think of our sun.  The sun is nothing more than a giant repetitive, controlled nuclear explosion. The sun has its own built in thermostat that keeps it from exploding and destroying the earth.  Yes, God knows what He is doing. Our sun is also perfectly designed to last longer than other stars in the universe.  As compared to other stars, it’s not too hot and not too cold. Every second the earth receives from the sun the equivalent of the most powerful nuclear bomb ever created. Our sun is simply power under control.  Again, this is just a small taste of God’s power, for He created every star and every planet in the entire universe—from nothing, by His word.

So, how do we experience the power of God?  Many of us fail to access God’s awesome power.  He is available to us at all times and all places and in all circumstances.  The Bible reminds us in Jeremiah 32:17, “Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee.”  We are convinced on a daily basis that there is something else that can meet the needs I have.  Some of these needs seem impossible and some are simple.  God says He can take care of them. He has the power.  Our job is to acknowledge this power, follow His voice, and believe He can do it.