By Joe Chesser
Our electricity quit
working one morning this past week. It wasn’t
off long, but long enough to remind me of how I take
such a convenience for granted. When I got up
that morning the lights didn’t work, the furnace
didn’t work (and it was about 10 degrees outside),
the coffee pot didn’t work, the microwave didn’t
work, etc. These things are always available.
Thankfully we have a gas fireplace in the basement
that doesn’t require electricity. And thankfully we
have water even when the power is off. So it
wasn’t like we were desperate or anything like
that. The power came back on after a couple
hours and everything went back to normal.
But it was a gentle
reminder of just how much we take things like
electricity for granted. We get so accustomed
to having electricity power our microwaves and water
heaters and coffee pots that when it isn’t
available, even for a couple of hours, we have panic
attacks! Yeah, our electric bills seem to be
much higher this year, but what would we do without
electricity?! How thankful we should be for those
who risk their lives repairing dangerous electrical
lines in all kinds of weather so we can dry our hair
and toast our bread and warm our houses – and, of
course, watch TV. We certainly take these
blessings for granted.
Being without electrical
power for a couple of hours also reminded me of how
much I take God’s power for granted. Just
imagine for a moment of how much our lives would be
affected if all of a sudden God’s power was no
longer available …
… the laws of nature would no longer be sustained
(Heb. 1:3) – tides wouldn’t be controlled, the
earth’s rotation wouldn’t be sustained, seeds
wouldn’t sprout, gravity wouldn’t be consistent, ice
wouldn’t melt, the seasons wouldn’t change, etc.
… the power to change people’s hearts would no
longer be there (Gal. 2:20) – without the
transforming power of God and His Spirit we could
never learn to live on a higher level, to know love
and peace that defies explanation (Eph. 3:19, Phil.
4:6-7), to be growing within while decaying without
(2 Cor. 4:16), to be merciful (Luke 6:36), to be
forgiving (Eph. 4;32), to rise above common human
traits (Luke 6:32-35), to access the Spirit’s power,
love and self-discipline (2 Tim. 1:7), to become
like God (1 John 4:16-17).
… the power to daily battle sin and Satan would not
be available (Rom. 8:1-2) – there would be no power
to resist temptation (1 Cor. 10:13), no power to be
saved from sin (Rom. 1:16), no power of the
resurrection of Christ to sustain new life (Phil.
3:10), no divine power to defeat evil strongholds (2
Cor. 10:4). In short, we would be without
hope, without promise and without God in this world
But, as we all know (yet
sometimes take for granted) God never has a power
outage, no black out or brown out, no temporary
disruption of His awesome power in any way. The next
time your electricity even flutters, let it remind
you to never take God’s power for granted.
When you turn on your microwave, let it remind you
of God’s constant power!
- Joe Chesser preaches for the Fruitland Church of
Christ, Fruitland, MO. He may be contacted
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