Monday, December 14, 2015

God’s Atomic Power - Martin Wiles

I pray that you will begin to understand the incredible greatness of his power for us who believe in him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead. Ephesians 1:19-20 NLT

Power can be used for good or harm. 

German physicist Otto Hahn discovered how to split the atom in 1938. Scientists feared Nazi Germany might use the knowledge to continue their attack on Europe. World re-knowned scientist Albert Einstein was convinced to sign his name to a letter addressed to United States President Franklin Roosevelt sharing that concern. Roosevelt in turn formed the Briggs Committee to investigate nuclear fission. Intense research on the atom bomb began in America after leaders discovered the Nazis were investigating it and after the shocking attack on Pearl Harbor. 

On August 6, 1945, a B-29 named Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, instantly killing 130,000 people. Three days later, another one was dropped on Nagasaki, killing 75,000 more. World War II ended in large part because of the power displayed through the atomic bomb. 

Like many others, I often crave power. I may satisfy my cravings by being educated for a profession that will place me in a management position. Or I could go to a local car dealership and buy a vehicle with a powerful engine. It could be as simple as paying more to get a more powerful (faster) Internet connection. 

Whatever form of power I crave, it can never be matched by the power of the God I serve or the power he gives me through the relationship. The scientist who discovered how to split the atom and the scientists who eventually developed the atom bomb were powerful and created power, but God gave them the power to create the power. This God created the universe and presently holds it together. 

The power God exerts in nature was also demonstrated in his ability to raise his Son from the grave. He will give me this same power if I ask. And this power enables me to face and overcome anything I may face in life. It also gives me the power to live an abundant life. Nothing is too difficult for him—or me, when I’m in a relationship with him. 

What do you need power for at the moment? Ask God. He’ll give it. 

Prayer: Father, may we live and serve with confidence through the power You supply that guarantees our success. 

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