BY: RUSSELL MCLAUGHLIN
GOD IS POWERFUL
18 knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. 20 He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you 21 who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
1 Peter 1:18-21
When Peter wrote to the Christians scattered all over Asia Minor, he knew that their faith in a powerful God needed reaffirming. Amid their difficulties, they were reminded of His awesome power.
God’s power was apparent in the raising of Jesus Christ from the dead (I Peter 1:21). This demonstration of power furnishes the basis for our belief and hope in God. Jesus is living proof of God’s sovereign power. Paul echoes this in Romans 1:4, “and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.”
Throughout the letter of 1 Peter, Peter carefully points out both the positive and negative aspects of God’s power. Negatively, God opposes the proud (5:5), and His face is against them (3:12). God assertively and actively utilizes His power against human pride and evil. Positively, God imparts His strength to His children. With a strong note of assurance, Peter reminds these Christians that they are shielded (“kept”) by God’s power (1:5). Having an attitude of humility, God’s mighty hand will lift them up (5:8).
As we struggle with our own day-to-day difficulties, may we, too, become aware of our God and his power. God’s greatness is demonstrated to us every day if we just take the time to notice. The same God who makes the fields grow tall and golden can also cover those same fields with a blanket of beautiful white snow.
Many years ago, David looked around at the splendors of the universe and it prompted him to observe, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.” (Psalm 19:1)
This great power that is seen displayed in the heavens can be experienced in the human heart! Paul wrote to the Christians at Ephesus, and it was his hope that they would come to know “…His incomparably great power for us who believe.” (Ephesians 1:19) He also inspired them with his words in Ephesians 3:14-21, “14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the min and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
God is mighty and powerful! The words our children sing come to mind, “My God is so big! So strong and so mighty. There’s nothing my God cannot do” ... Every day that we live we can praise God for His greatness. This greatness is seen in His power to create, save, and resurrect! Praise God for His power! To God be the glory!
Let’s always remember God’s power and greatness! God Bless!