God’s Power — My Powerlessness

18th July, 2009 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

I woke up today thinking it would be just another day. I was wrong!

I got ready for work, left the house, got into my car, and then I saw it. My mirror was gone! Between the time I had parked the car yesterday afternoon and the time I got into the car this morning, someone had knocked the glass out of my driver’s side mirror.  While I had been sleeping, someone had destroyed my property and hadn’t even left a note! I felt violated. This was a minor accident, but; it would take time and money to fix it. (Yes, I have insurance, but I still have to pay the couple hundred dollar deductible.) Phone calls, estimates, repair time — how my life would be disrupted in the next few days.

I  felt powerless. There was nothing I could have done to prevent this destruction, and how could I ensure it wouldn’t happen again?

What’s the point behind my story? I’m not really trying to elicit your sympathy for my unfortuante plight.  What this event showed me once again was how powerless I am to control the circumstances of my life, and it caused me to reflect upon the infinite power of the God who loves and cares for me.

“One thing God has spoken, two things have I heard: that you, O God, are strong, and that you, O Lord, are loving” (Psalm 62:11-12a).  God Elohim, Creator of heaven and earth, is mighty, strong and majestic. I don’t have to fret about my powerlessness because my God has limitless power. But my Lord, the master whom I serve, is also loving. He is good and does all things for my good – even broken car mirrors.

There are so many ways that I am powerless over my circumstances; this morning’s event is just one of many reminders of my weakness. At the same time I must remember how strong my God really is. The power He demonstrated through speaking the heavens and earth into being and in governing the world of Noah, Abraham, and Joseph is the same power He manifests in governing my world every day.

Thanks be to God that I serve an omnipotent God who uses His divine power for my good and who loves me with an everlasting love.

(NOTE: God’s power is the theme of God’s Great Covenant: Old Testament 1, Unit I.)

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