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Listen while you read: "The Day Thou Gavest Lord Is Ended"1 (Lyrics)
Ephesians 1:19-20 – I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God's power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God's right hand in the heavenly realms. (NLT)
Power can be used for good or harm. German physicist, Otto Hahn, discovered how to split the atom in 1938. Scientists feared that Nazi Germany might use the knowledge to continue their attack on Europe. World-renowned scientist, Albert Einstein, was convinced to sign his name to a letter addressed to United States President Franklin Roosevelt sharing that concern. Roosevelt, in turn, formed the Briggs Committee to investigate nuclear fission. Intense research on the atom bomb began in America after leaders discovered that the Nazis were investigating it, and after the shocking attack on Pearl Harbor. On this day 70 years ago, August 6, 1945, a B-29 named Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, instantly killing 130,000 people. Three days later, another one was dropped on Nagasaki, killing 75,000 more. World War II ended in large part because of the power displayed through the atomic bomb.
Like many others, I often crave power. I may satisfy my cravings by being educated for a profession that will place me in a management position. Or I could go to a local car dealership and buy a vehicle with a powerful engine. It could be as simple as paying more to get a more powerful (faster) Internet connection.
Whatever form of power I crave, it can never be matched by the power of the God Whom I serve or the power that He gives me through the relationship. The scientist who discovered how to split the atom and the scientists who eventually developed the atom bomb were powerful and unleashed tremendous power, but God created the power in the first place and gave them the power to do what they did. This God created the whole universe and presently holds it all together. The power that He exerts in nature was also demonstrated in His ability to raise His Son from the grave. He will give me this same power if I ask. And this power enables me to confront and overcome anything that I may face in life. It also gives me the power to live an abundant life. Nothing is too difficult for Him — or for me, when I'm in a relationship with Him.
What do you need power for at the moment? Ask God. He'll give it.
Prayer: Father, may we live and serve with confidence through the power that You supply, which guarantees our success. Amen.