By Pastor Mark Jordan
Our power went out last week for about nine hours. It happened at 12:09am, and lasted until right about 9:00am. It was the result of the deluge of rain we experienced, compounded by high winds, blowing a very large tree about half-a-mile down the road. When the power went out, I sprang out of bed, located my trusty flash light, made sure everyone was ok, and tried to get back to sleep. You see, we all sleep with fans for white noise, and the silence — not to mention the train noise — made it difficult to rest. I got up a couple times before the alarm went off just to check on things, and every time I reflexively went to the light switches in hopes of illuminating my surroundings. I’m sure you know that feeling. When the power was restored, I couldn’t help but reflect upon how easy it is to take it for granted.
I’ve never known life without the benefit of electricity, except for short periods of time; as a result, when the power is out, it seems more like an inconvenience than a reason to give thanks for the vast reality of our electrified world. No doubt it has transformed the way we live, from lights, to cooking, to climate control…so why are we so prone to feel burdened when it’s out as opposed to blessed because we have it?
God gives you incredible power. It can literally transform the way you live. In Romans 1:16-17, we read, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel; it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who has faith, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed through faith for faith; as it is written, ‘The one who is righteous will live by faith’” (NRSV). God’s power comes to save you. It illuminates your darkness. It enables you to see the world differently. It empowers you to use your power to serve God by serving others. And the really good news? It is ubiquitously available to everyone who chooses to believe in Jesus and live by faith.
If you feel like your power is out and you are trying to live in ways that seem like flipping dummy switches, give God a try. You will he glad you did. You will experience an illuminating, enabling, and empowering transformation unlike the world has ever seen. I promise!
Prayer: Dear God, I want your power in my life. All too often I feel like I’m meandering in the darkness. I want to experience a transformation that enables and empowers me to get the most out of life, both now and forever. I pray this prayer faithfully in the name of Jesus. Amen.