Finding the Power of God

“For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ. For it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”

— Romans 1:16

Too many of us have an unusual problem. We have too many powers. We have powers of intellect, physical prowess, academic accomplishment, athletic trophies, business success, professional advancement, and social standing. The problem with all these superfluous powers is that they can prevent us from finding the power of God—which alone can bring ultimate success in life. As Jesus asked, What if you gain the whole world and lose your soul?

But power does not originate with us, does it? The physical strength that we have is derived from the food we eat. We have intellectual abilities. From whence did they come but from God? Even the power station does not make power. It simply finds it in one form and converts it to another. It may find it in a river and change it into electricity. It may find it in coal, and change it into steam. Or in the atom and change it into nuclear power.

That power is outside of us and all around us. The power of God is out there, around us like radio and television waves. But it is not until we turn on the dial that we can take hold of those powers and appropriate them and receive them for ourselves. The power of God is available to you and me. We need to receive power through Christ, who strengthens us. Then we will be able to achieve, to do all things. That is the secret.

Oh, God, Source of all strength, grant us today Your power and cleanse away all things that hinder Your power from flowing in our lives…