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Psalm 62:11-12 - “One thing God has spoken, two things I have heard. “Power belongs to You, God, and with You, Lord, is unfailing love”; and, “You reward everyone according to what they have done.”


Living as I do in the Midwest of the US I am spoiled with a gratuitous access to power. Power outages are rare except for four occasions: during electrical storms, during winter ice storms weighing down power lines, unfortunate auto accidents splitting utility poles, and the occasional squirrel interfering with a transformer or chewing on power lines leading to a shower of sparks.

Rolling blackouts are rare in America, but many may remember the energy crisis in California at the turn of the millennium or the Texas blackouts beginning on February 10, 2021. Three winter storms converged on the ill-prepared state of Texas causing darkness for 4.5 million homes and businesses and ultimately leading to hundreds of deaths.


Electricity and its availability is something we take for granted. We acknowledge it’s potential and people in their right mind respect it’s power. Which makes me wonder why a man would climb atop a substation in Moorefield Township in Springfield, OH risking his life and causing power to be cut off to hundreds of homes for hours? Lineman responsible for climbing, installing, and repairing utility poles and overhead power lines have my respect. Just thinking about their job gives me shivers.


However as much as we know about power and respect it? No power deserves such respect as the all-encompassing and beyond human comprehension power of God. Behind the smallest quark and the largest neutron magnetar in the universe is the greater still capacity of God. No engine matches the overwhelming horsepower of a single creative word from His lips. Ultimate power is His exclusive possession. To think of how He uses that exclusive possession for our ultimate good? Is awe inspiring. His power redeems and resuscitates the dead soul, anoints life with purpose and energy, elevates and comforts the spirit both now and into eternity. For power without love is cruelty. Love without power is sentiment. But power with love? Is God.


Diving Deeper: Acts 4:33, 17:28; Romans 1:16; 1 Corinthians 1:18

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