Lacy Hardee

How often we forget that we as believers have a Creator Who has not only unmatched love for us, but also a power that cannot be described by human standards.

To find examples of His power, we have only to return to the many stories written in His Word. We find how God gave strength and power to ordinary people to accomplish His goals and strengthen their faith as well as our own.

In 1 Samuel 17:1-58 we find the story of David and Goliath.

David was young man, small in stature, but big on faith.

God used David, a slingshot and a small rock to slay the giant Goliath. The power of God caused the rock from David’s leather slingshot to not only strike the giant in the temple, but with the force similar to a bullet, to penetrate the skull, killing Goliath instantly. Seeing this miracle, the Philistine armies, including Goliath’s own brothers, fled in fear.

The story of Daniel in the lion’s den, found in Daniel 6:1-28, shows how the power of God closed the mouths of the lions during Daniel’s overnight stay in the den. This proved to King Darius the innocence of Daniel and the mighty power of his God.

Also in Daniel 3:1-30, we find the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego and the fiery furnace.

King Nebuchadnezzar had built a golden idol and demanded all within the sound of his music to bow and worship this idol and his gods. The penalty for all who refused was to be bound and cast into a fiery furnace.

He received word that the three men refused, and was so angered he ordered the furnace to be made seven times hotter and had his strongest men bind the three, and toss them in the furnace.

Because the fire was so intense, flames consumed the men who carried Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego near the fire. The three fell down into the fire unafraid. The King witnessed as four figures walked around in the fire, knowing only three had gone in.

He called them out of the furnace, seeing, as all did, not a hair was singed nor was the smell of fire upon them. He freed them, declaring that no one speak against the mighty God of the three men and promoted them to places of honor.

There are many other stories scattered throughout God’s Word that remind us of the awesome power of our almighty God.

According to Psalm 115:3, “Our God is in the Heavens and He does whatever He chooses.”

We cannot tell God what to do. No one can say to Him, “What have you done?” or hold back the hand of God.

J. Vernon McGee said it this way: “This is definitely God’s universe and He does things His way. You may have a better idea, but you don’t have a universe.”

God is in absolute control of all life. We breathe because He chooses that we do. Satan is only alive because He chooses for him to be.

Do people see believers as powerful today? Do you see yourself as powerful? Many of us feel unequipped to share Jesus with our neighbor, a co-worker, or even a friend who is struggling.

God tells us in Joshua 1:6 to be strong and of good courage, and that He will supply all we need to accomplish His purpose.

Having power and strength, in the physical sense, requires one to work out, eat right, and stay focused on achieving one’s goals.

Spiritual strength and power require exactly the same, but it comes with a trainer Who is a source of limitless power. Will we start to get a workout this week? Lift that Bible. Share the good news. Let others see Jesus in us!

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