The Power Of One

September 23, 2021
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Exodus 3:14 – God replied to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM. Say this to the people of Israel: I AM has sent me to you." (NLT)

Who knew that one compact disc (CD) could change the entire service?

Our music leader was off for the day. My wife had spent hours putting music together, meeting with the sound technicians, and practicing with the praise team. Sunday morning arrived, and we were excited about the service — until the CD with all the music that they were going to sing by wasn't in its case.

Since it was three minutes before services were to begin, my wife's mind went into shock. She had left the CD in her laptop — which was at home, ten miles away. Getting it wasn't an option. In a three-minute span, she and the sound techs dug up a few praise songs, and the pianist suggested a couple of hymns.

Although the service got off to a rocky start — the praise team hadn't practiced the songs and my wife's voice cracked because of seasonal crud — the Spirit of God soon took over and fixed what appeared to be broken. The power of one CD had been trumped by the power of Someone more powerful.

Moses experienced the power of One when God instructed him to go before a foreign king and tell him that I AM had sent him to deliver his people from 400 years of slavery.

The power of one can be devastating, disturbing, and mind-boggling. One statement from a doctor, "You have cancer." One call from the boss, "I need to see you in the office immediately." One text from a girlfriend or boyfriend, "I don't think we should see each other anymore." One call from the police, "Your son has been in a bad accident." One visit from the military chaplain and an officer, "We're sorry to inform you that your daughter has been killed in action." The list of ones is endless — and so is the pain that they can bring.

Just as God took over the failed service that my wife had planned and soundly defeated the enemy's effort to quench the moving of God's Spirit, so He can do the same with any life situation that we tackle. He is sovereign. Nothing happens outside of His control. His plans are always better than ours, and they can never be thwarted by the tactics of Satan.

Whatever God brings out of the one apparently bad thing will always be better. Trust Him to control your one thing.

Prayer: Father, we believe that You have power over the one thing that seems to have power over us. Amen.

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Martin Wiles <mandmwiles@gmail.com>
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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen, Martin! Thanks for sharing! Blessings.


    Oh, Lord, help us all to find the power of One!


    This is so true. Amen and amen. Have a wonderful day.


    One good devotional, Martin.
    Blessings.


    Great title and follow-through, Martin! Really appreciate your focus on that, ‘one thing.’ Helps me. Surely a day-by-day reality. Best to you both.


    Good morning, Martin,
    Thank you for another of your very mindful devotionals. Our Lord is certainly there to help us through whatever situation we face. He is right there, ready to serve us when we call upon Him, and His plan works for the best. Blessings for your writings.


    Dear Martin,
    It is always inspiring to hear good news stories of how God was able to make something which seems like a disaster, better than planned. Your list of ‘one’ statements is so accurate and scary. It is so true that God has the power to change situations and make them better. God gives us hope and comfort and love when we remember to rely on him and not on ourselves.
    Thank you for your encouraging messages that you share with others. That is spreading the Good News of God. May you continue to share and feel God working in your life.


    Hi Martin,
    I have been struggling with anxiety from covid burnout, and read your email this morning, especially “so He can do the same with any life situation that we tackle. He is sovereign. Nothing happens outside of His control. His plans are always better than ours, and they can never be thwarted by the tactics of Satan. Whatever God brings out of the one apparently bad thing will always be better. Trust Him to control your one thing.”
    Later in the morning, I had a counselling session with a new counselor who turns out is Christian and went to the same seminary that I did, and we are working on my anxiety. When I couldn’t see God working, and was struggling to feel or see his presence, he was with me and orchestrating help and support for me.
    Bless you and your writing.


    Hello Martin
    Thank you for this inspiring message and very timely.
    God bless.

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