An intense, powerful storm passed through last night. Lightning flashed like strobe lights, pounding thunder shook windows, sheets of rain poured from the angry sky. Lights flickered. Would we lose power in the midst of the storm’s power?
Even when things looked bleakest, we clung to the true power—the most powerful God.
What do we know of God’s power?
The Bible teaches us about God’s all-powerful nature.
Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. 1 Chronicles 29:11
You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you. 2 Chronicles 20:6
Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit. Psalm 147:5
God used creative power to bring the world into existence.
When we stand in awe of mountains, see the awakening spring, or hold a newborn baby, we witness this creative power.
Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you. Jeremiah 32:17
By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth. Psalm 33:6
Psalm 8:3-5 praises God for creation and identifies the unique place of each of us in His heart.
When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?
Unfortunately, sin marred our relationship with the Creator, separating us from Him. God had a redemptive plan to bring us back to Him, although we don’t deserve it.
The true power of God is shown through the cross for our redemption.
We are powerless to save ourselves. At the appointed time in history, God sent Jesus to provide salvation from sin and death, restoring our relationship with Him. When Jesus faced the last week of His life, He walked through each event with power—the day of hosannas, overturning the temple tables, the last supper with the disciples, praying in the garden, the unfair arrest, and trial. Even when it looked like Jesus was powerless—dying on the cross—He was fulfilling the redemption plan for all of us.
The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father. Jesus, in John 10:17-18
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly…But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:6,8
The power of grace is displayed in the resurrection.
The impact of the power of grace shook the world with Jesus’ resurrection. Redemption from sin, forgiveness, restoration with God, hope in the midst of despair and triumph over death continue to influence lives every day. All because of God’s power to save us and His redeeming love.
…and who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 1:4
In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 1 Peter 1:3b
The power of the cross broke through the darkest moment in history. The resurrection brought hope, restoration, and forgiveness—a true display of God’s power.
This amazing power continues to reach us today. The hardened heart can be transformed to reflect the love of God. Only God can bring about the miracle of a redeemed heart.
My heart is humbled as I write this. I’m led to worship the powerful God for all He has done.
Will you join me in worship?