Do you see God as sometimes powerful or do you see Him as the all-powerful One the Bible describes? Further, how do you live in light of His power? Our faith or lack of faith is often based on our view of God. Our victory in the Christian life is not based upon our own will power or on our own strength, but rather, upon our appropriation of the power of God available to us.
How can one read the Bible and not come away awe-struck with the power that resides in our God? In 1 Kings 18, we have the famous battle upon Mount Carmel between Baal and Jehovah God. We see in this scenario the supposed strength in numbers that Baal had on his side. Baal’s prophets were four hundred and fifty men, whereas God had one lone prophet by the name of Elijah on His side. And nothing has changed. The battle between darkness and light rages today and it is often the case that the armies of Satan far outnumber the armies of Christ numerically. But don’t let this panic you. God doesn’t need an army of men to display His great power. God doesn’t need even one man to display His great power. God is gracious in allowing us to follow after Him as our Commander and Chief but God is self-sufficient in His power. And this power over the false gods of this world was seen when the fire of God fell upon and consumed the burnt sacrifice offered up by Elijah.
How can one look at the universe and not fall on their face before an all-powerful Creator who spoke it all into existence? In Psalm 104, we are reminded that God displayed His power in stretching “out the heavens like a curtain”, in laying “the foundations of the earth”, in providing water “to every beast of the field”, in watering “the hills from his chambers”, in causing “the grass to grow for cattle, and herb for the service of man”, in appointing “the moon for seasons”. This Psalm is rich in expressing the manifold works of God! This power displayed by God should cause us to say with the Psalmist, “I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live.”
How can one reflect upon the redemption in Christ and not join the choir of the redeemed singing praises to God? In 1 Thessalonians 1:5, Paul reminded the believers that “…our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost…” Salvation is a miracle of God! That God could offer up His only Son as the sinless sacrifice for the world and raise Him back to life is a miracle! That God could offer sinful man full pardon and forgiveness through the gospel is a display of God’s amazing power.
We serve a powerful God! May we stand in awe of Him and give Him due praise!