The greatness of God cannot be quantified, from the creation of the world to the power of the Holy Spirit in the lives of the believers. We are at the mercy of his great power which is tempered by his great love, and channelled through it.
For us to connect with the power of God we need faith which has to do with believing God’s claims about himself. That is why the word is very important because it reveals who God his, what he says about himself.
We can get into trouble when we do not agree with God’s claim about himself. During a famine in Israel, when a mother eat her child, showing how severe it was, Elisha declared the word of the Lord (2Kings 6:25-7:20), in a revelation of his great power that the next day food will flood Israel but there was an assistant to the king who considered that too preposterous, impossible even for God, and eventually he became a casualty of the abundance. He died in the stampede of people trying to get to the provision that was suddenly surplus, when the word of God came to pass. The one who doubts God’s word of blessing sets himself up to not experience it.
When Jesus came to his home town the folks who knew him from childhood did not believe in him, so his healing ministry was frustrated at that time to the loss of those people (Mark 6:1-6). They heard of the miracles he did in other places, but they’ll rather have a homeboy just like them than the miracles. They are in bondage to what they knew about Jesus, rejecting who he had become, the miracle worker. They rejected him. They missed out of the great power of God working through Jesus for their own benefit. To the level of their acceptance of him would be there experience in the power of God through him.
In the wilderness when the children of Israel, the multitude of them demanded meat, they thought it was beyond God to give, including Moses (Numbers 11). They limited the holy one of Israel (Psalm 78:18-19). When the event happened they had the wrath of God in addition to it. They did not enjoy the blessing when it came, as it was mixed with judgement because of their complaints, God striking some of them dead because of their bad attitude of unbelief.
God revealed his great power when he showed Ezekiel a vision of a valley full of dry bones (Ezekiel 37:1-14). At the end of the display of God’s power the bone made it an army come together, flesh covered it, and the breath of God made they a mighty. A while back what you see were dry bone, but God’s power in display and you have transformation unlimited.
In Jesus is the manifestation of the power of God. He is the fullest expression of God in the flesh, walking on the earth in the power of God. When he was baptized in the Holy Spirit, he was driven to the wilderness to be tempted of the devil, when he became victorious, the bible says he returned in the power of the Holy Spirit (Luke 4:14). And he used that power to heal diseases, raise the dead, and generally make people happy, even turning water into wine at a wedding ceremony (John 2:1-11). He said: I have not come to judge but to save the world (John 3:16-17).
We are sure of great help from God all the time because of his great power. But we cannot call upon whom we should heard (Romans 10:14). God asked Moses: “is the hand of the Lord waxed short?” before he displayed his power in the provision of meat for the mass of Israelites coming from Egypt to Israel.
And until God revealed himself to us, we would not know him for who he is and we would not call for his help in faith. We lean on him for help when we know him. The bible says: he who knows him will put their trust in him (Psalm 9:10). To the extent that we know God, we will lean on him in faith and will experience his great power.
Daniel wrote: those who know there God will be strong and do exploit (Daniel 11:32). You are only as strong as your personal knowledge of God. We cannot only manifest God to the extent that we know him. Jesus said that his agenda was to reveal God (John 14:9).
We are all at the mercy of God, the one with the great power. Jeremiah wrote: it is by the lord’s mercy that we are not consumed, because his mercy (equally great) fails not (Lamentation 3:22).
God is unimaginable in his power, which is why he said that to the nation of Israel that they should not make anything to represent him (Exodus 20:1-4, Deuteronomy 4:11). All the gods of the other religions of the world at that time were represented by different shapes of images, based on the limiting creativity of sinful humanity. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob refused such treatment, being a living God and creator of all things.
He manifested himself in Jesus, his only begotten Son, the ultimate in the expression of God, the living word (John 1:1-5, 12-17).
In the creation of the world we have the living word in operation. God said it and he stood fast (Psalm 33:8-9), it was as he declared it. His word created everything (Genesis 1). He presently upholds everything by the word of his power (Hebrews 1:3).
To be slow in power and great in power is the perfect combination. King Saul has great power and but he also had great anger. He declared that a whole band of priests in a city should be killed because he suspected that they backed David against him (1Samuel 22:6-19) and everyone in it. While David played to soothed him, he threw a spear at him to pin and kill him (1Samuel 18:11).
David is an opposite, he did not kill Saul with the same spear (?), though he had the opportunity (1Samuel 22). After he became king, he looked for Mephibosheth, grandson of Saul to use his power to be a blessing to him not to harm him (2Samuel 9).
Jesus’ power while on earth used for doing good. But soon, for those who do not receive cleansing from sin through the blood Jesus shed, there is a day of judgement coming where the great power of God will come crashing down on the unbelievers in judgment.
When the great power of God for judgement was manifested in the world that then was, it was unprecedented. Everyone was swept away in a deluge (Genesis 7). God cleaned up the earth, rid it of all human being who have filled the earth with corruption. So every one of us on earth now can trace our lineage to Noah, the only one saved together with his family at that time.
Yet again a day of judgement is coming, and those that will be untouched will be those who are of the household of God through Jesus Christ. Jesus said as it was in the days of Noah, so would it be in the day of the son of man (Luke 17:26), the time Jesus comes to reveal God’s great power in judgement. Now God’s great power is at work in mercy.
- Love Him and Follow Him (prayersofmysoul.wordpress.com)
- Chapter 25-Christ in the Old Testament (reformedontheweb.wordpress.com)
- Sermon – The Happy Father (leadingfamilydevotions.com)