Article by Joshua Dykes
THE JOURNEY OF GOD’s POWER
Since God’s power is limitless, I really hate to say the word “Journey” because his love doesn’t have a beginning or an end. I like to use the word “awesomeness” to describe his power.
WHAT IS POWER?
Power is the capacity or ability to direct or influence the behavior of others or the course of events. However, God’s power cannot carry this same definition because it can’t be defined or measured. We cannot even define his love.
We see examples of God’s power all over the Bible! But, when was God’s power at its best? I KNOW WHAT YOU ARE PROBABLY ASKING YOURSELF, ‘Isn’t God’s power always at its best?’ I am going to give you the answer now, yes it is. But, I am still going to show specific examples of God’s almighty power to prove that he is always at his best.
‘WAS GOD’S POWER AT ITS BEST WHEN HE CREATED MAN?’
“In the beginning, God created the Heaven’s and the Earth.” This is perhaps one of the most famous scriptures from the Bible (Gen 1:1). All the power, all the things we do not understand about God is displayed in 10 words in the first verse. Evolution could not explain this power, Darwin couldn’t explain it, but the Bible did in the very first verse. When you look out into space and see the stars, you are looking at a universe that never ends. You are looking at billions upon billions of stars and galaxies and other planets. Yet, our God made it. Then, you look at our planet, the only planet in the whole universe capable of supporting life, and you see the beautiful mountains and oceans. You see amazing animals such as Lions and Elephants and Zebras. Yet, our God made them too. Our God is such a powerful God, he made not only the universe and everything in it, he made us to. He made us- Intelligent beings. So, was God’s power at its best when he created man?
Verses: Genesis 1:1; 27
‘WAS GOD’S POWER AT ITS BEST WHEN HE DELIVERED MAN FROM EGYPT?’
When God’s people were held as slaves by the Egyptian Pharaoh, it seemed that all hope was lost. In fact, it was just the opposite. A man by the name of Moses, who was in exile for killing a soldier to save one of God’s people, came upon a burning bush. The bush itself wasn’t physically burning, but rather it was covered with fire. The bush spoke to Moses and told him to lead the Israelites out of captivity. Moses, after attempting to debate God, realized God’s power and confronted Pharaoh. After the Pharaoh would not let God’s people go, God cursed the Egyptians with plagues. After the last plague, Pharaoh reluctantly let the Israelites go and changed his mind shortly after. While chasing the Israelites, God parted the waters of the Red Sea through the staff of Moses and the Israelites were able to flee from the Egyptians. Was God’s power at its best when he made a tree speak and parted the sea?
Verses: Exodus 5:1; Exodus 14:21
‘WAS GOD’S POWER AT ITS BEST WHEN HE SAVED MAN FROM A KING?’
Daniel the prophet had three best friends during the Babylonian captivity; Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. When the King of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar made all of his citizens bow down to his statue, every one did, except for Shadrach and Meshach and Abednego. They chose to remain faithful to the Lord rather than an earthly king. As punishment for their ‘crime’, Nebuchadnezzar had the three men thrown into the hottest fire. When they were thrown into the fire, they were not harmed. An angel of the Lord, who some scholars believe is Jesus, appeared and protected them from the fire. Nebuchadnezzar did not believe that the fire was hot enough so he decided to make it hotter. It became so hot, that his servants were all struck dead, yet Shadrach and Meshach and Abednego were not harmed. What great power is this? Was God’s power at its best when he saved man from a fiery furnace?
‘WAS GODS POWER AT ITS BEST WHEN HE SAVED MAN FROM ETERNAL DEATH?’
We see in Mark 15, Matthew 27, Luke 23, and John 19 God sacrificing his son so that we may have a hope of eternal life. Man cheated on God again and again with sin and idols and other vain worship, but God did not cheat on us. He honored his side of the Covenant. The devil tried to flirt with us (figuratively), but the power of God made sure we were not with Satan for eternity. Because Jesus bore all our sins on the cross, we have a chance for eternal life. Here is the catch though, he wants something from us. He wants total sacrifice and 100 percent commitment. He wants us to be BURIED with Christ in Baptism so our sins can be washed away. As powerful as God is, he still doesn’t want to see our sin, he want all of our sin removed. But, he is so powerful, that he is willing to remove our sins out of love so that we can have hope. Not too many people are willing to sacrifice their own son for someone else. So, was God at his best when he saved man from sin?
God is mighty and he has power that we cannot comprehend. He has done many powerful things in the Bible that are too numerous to put in an article. I hope you find these words encouraging and uplifting. Have a great week!