“God has spoken once, twice I have heard this: That power belongs to God.”
A number of years ago, I came home from a long day of work, at the end of an even longer week. I was worn out and hungry. Since I was the only one home at the time, I was facing a battle within. My stomach insisted on being fed, but the rest of me demanded rest. Too broke to order out, and too tired to fix a meal, I laid down on the couch and began flipping the channels. I stopped on a show called, “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.” This a series that displayed the possessions of extremely wealthy individuals. If memory serves me, this was the only time I had ever seen the show. The episode followed the life of a the king of a small Middle Eastern country, whose name I have forgotten. While his subjects lived in poverty, he was one of the wealthiest men alive. They showed his palace, which was the size of a small college campus. What really got my attention, however, was when he traveled to the U.S. He wanted to stay in a particular room in a hotel in Beverly Hills, but the room was booked. Instead of finding another room, or another hotel, he bought the hotel, remodeled it to his liking, and stayed in the room of his choice. Lying there on the couch, I was struck by two contrary things. The first was this man’s great wealth, the second was how it had no effect on me whatsoever. I was still too broke to go out and too tired to cook.
The Psalmist speaks of the wealth of God’s power. He declares, “power belongs to God.” His power is infinite. There is nothing too hard for God. It required no more effort from Him to create the world, than it did for him to heal Peter’s mother-in-law from fever. He spoke the world into existence, and holds it together by the Word of His power. When the time has come, He will fold this one up, and speak a new heaven and earth into being. However, unlike the wealthy prince, God’s power does have direct effect upon my life.
Jesus promised, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8
The power of God is available to the child of God. A power that will enable us to successfully walk with, please, and serve, the Lord. This power is received by simply asking and obeying. If you feel too weary to overcome the trials or temptations you are facing, the solution is to look up, and ask God to pour out His Holy Spirit upon you. The God to whom this power belongs, promises to empower us through His Spirit.