Freshly Awakened to the Power of God

February 2, 2021

Do you want to know something that I had to repent of recently? I had made God small. I was facing a challenge that seemed so complex and difficult that I momentarily lost sight of God’s power and capacity to transform things. Fortunately, God has ways to remind us that he is more powerful than we can fathom.  

A week ago, a big winter storm was rolling in bringing up to 6-7 foot waves. Now, I’m a pretty committed fair-weathersurfer – 3 feet is my sweet spot – so I knew my place was on the beach. But after a few days, the waves dropped down and my two older kids were anxious to hit the surf. So, we went out. We had a good time until one wave picked me up and rolled me head over heels for a while underwater. For a moment it was difficult to determine up from down and left from right, but eventually, I popped back up to the surface. As I paddled in and shook the water out of my sinuses, I couldn’t help but be awed by the power of the waves that can take my body and toss it like a rag doll. I looked out and I saw one wave after another, after another. That’s a lot of power… and it is nothing to the Lord.  

GOD IS IN CONTROL

In a devotional a few days later, I read Psalm 104. It begins:

Bless the Lord, O my soul! O Lord my God, you are very great! You are clothed with splendor and majesty, covering yourself with light as with a garment, stretching out the heavens like a tent. He lays the beams of his chambers on the waters; he makes the clouds his chariot; he rides on the wings of the wind; he makes his messengers winds, his ministers a flaming fire.

He set the earth on its foundations, so that it should never be moved. You covered it with the deep as with a garment; the waters stood above the mountains. At your rebuke they fled; at the sound of your thunder they took to flight. The mountains rose, the valleys sank down to the place that you appointed for them.  You set a boundary that they may not pass, so that they might not again cover the earth. (vv. 1 – 9)

This portion of the psalm expresses the power of God as Creator. Later stanzas talk about God’s sustaining power, His control over creation. Chaotic waters become streams that provide needed water to animals, it causes grass to grow and trees to be strengthened. Humanity is nourished by the crops that come from the earth. God establishes daily rhythms and order for all that He has created. The big takeaway here is that God takes what appears to us as destructive and chaotic forces and He turns them into something useful and good.  

God has the power to tame the waves and set the boundaries of the oceans. He has the ability to take Joseph’s enslavement and use it to deliver his family. He has the ability to bring new life from death through the cross and the empty tomb. He also has the ability to take the chaos and disorder in our lives and bring good from it.  

GOD’S POWER IS CONSISTENT

Some days, that’s easy to see and experience. Some days, being out in the water is pure joy. The sun is shining, the water is warm, steady rollers come in that you can play on and enjoy. It’s easy to pray from a place of gratitude and sing praises to God! You can embrace the joy of the psalmist as he says:

May the glory of the Lord endure forever; may the Lord rejoice in his works, who looks on the earth and it trembles, who touches the mountains and they smoke! I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being. May my meditation be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the Lord. (Psalm 104: 31-34)

Some seasons however are not so pleasant. Sometimes, when we’re in the thick of a particular challenge we can become so focused on it that we miss the bigger picture. In fact, we can take God out of the picture entirely. That’s when we need a reminder of God’s power – both to create and to sustain what he has created.  

Regardless of where you are today, whether you move from overflowing gratitude, from gut-twisting faith, or from somewhere in between, take a moment to reflect on the power of God. Think about His ability to bring order from chaos and good from evil and sing out, “May the glory of the Lord endure forever; may the Lord rejoice in his works…”

REFLECTION

Are you experiencing disorder and chaos in certain areas of your life? Without telling God what to do, tell God about it. Then, ask Him to take these circumstances and accomplish his good purposes.

Reread Psalm 104: 31-35. Sing a song of worship to conclude your time.  

About The Author

Dan Wendell

Dan joined the Cornerstone team in November 2018 as the Pastor of Missions. His focus is on empowering the church family to step beyond the boundaries of CCLB to declare the Good News, so that the Body of Christ might be established where it would not otherwise occur. In addition, Dan provides oversight for Cornerstone’s Care ministries.