Friday, September 14th, 2012
Power (Part 1: The Basics)
Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power and the glory, the victory and the majesty; For all that is in Heaven and in earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, And You are exalted as Head over all.
1 Chronicles 29:11 (NKJV)
He has made the earth by His power, He has established the world by His wisdom, and has stretched out the heavens at His discretion.
Jeremiah 10:12 (NKJV)
Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.
Matthew 6:13 (NKJV)
'Glory is like a hot potato. If you receive it, you need to pass it quickly to God' (Carey Lewis). When it's cooled down sufficiently, God will give it back to you. If glory received is not to be held, then what about power? Power is like owning a field of potatoes in a starving world. It's a test.
'Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power' (Abraham Lincoln). Why?
'Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely' (Lord Acton, 1887). If so, should Christians refuse positions of power? No. Abraham Lincoln was a God-sent man for a God-appointed time. But we must ask and receive God's administration of our earthly power.
Like David: 'God is my strength and power, and He makes my way perfect' (2 Samuel 22:33). Like Jesus: 'Nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done' (Luke 22:42).
How do we ask and receive God's help? Pray. Before the faces of many enemies, pray like David: 'Lord, I cry out to You; Make haste to me! Give ear to my voice when I cry out to You' (Psalm 141:1).
Before the demands of a busy day, pray like Jesus: 'Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed' (Mark 1:35).
The field of potatoes in a starving world represents food and power. But it also represents God's Word and your witness. The field belongs to God. You are His stewards. You are His power. You are His witness. Pass the test.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Power series.