God is not weak. In the course of steady, everyday life, we tend to forget. Our perception of God tends to get dulled down. Opening his word, praying, and going to church can all turn into an unconscious rhythm. We hear his name so often that it runs the risk of becoming just a word.
God is real. I’m not saying that to convince you, but to remind you. Picture it: the God you learn about and pray to and sing about is a real being living in heaven. He always has been and always will be: he exists outside of time. He is unfathomably huge, bright, powerful, and wise. Everything about him is totally beyond us. He made everything in this universe out of pure nothingness. His decisions are autonomous. Immeasurable numbers of angels surround him in heaven, eternally worshipping and crying out “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty!" We cannot handle the sight of his face; it is so glorious and beyond us that we would literally die if we saw it.
Great is our Lord and mighty in power;
his understanding has no limit.
-Psalm 18: 1-19: this is one of my favorite Bible passages. The imagery speaks so clearly of God's power. Read the whole thing at the link!
When I meditate on these truths, when I seek God’s presence and concentrate on who he is, it’s overwhelming and wonderful. I realize that the words are realities: that they transcend far beyond empty talk.
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power. -1 Corinthians 4:20
Words cannot adequately describe or contain our almighty King. Because of this, comprehending him is not easy. Our pursuits to picture him are easily frustrated. Honestly, when I imagine God, all I can think of is an empty throne. I have no idea what to put on the throne, because I know that anything I come up with will fall short. He is so, so far beyond me.
His presence is something we must become sensitive and receptive to, over time. We must seek him constantly and ask him to reveal himself to us. Only when we are intentional about seeking him and keeping his reality at the forefront of our minds, can progress be made.
However, we cannot simply talk and think about this power while living scared, small lives. We must be willing to let it work in us and totally change the way we conduct ourselves. We cannot be content with holding back the truth, falling repeatedly into sin, or becoming convinced of satan’s lies.
Our nature and sin reveal our weaknesses, but we will not let them have the last word. Just as we experience weakness every day, Christ experienced intense weakness on the cross. But, also likewise, God’s power in us changes everything! That power raises us from the finality of weak death, shame, and hopelessness, and up to everlasting life that starts right here on earth!
He is not weak in dealing with you, but is powerful among you. For to be sure, he was crucified in weakness, yet he lives by God’s power. Likewise, we are weak in him, yet by God’s power we will live with him in our dealing with you. -2 Corinthians 13:3-4
Living by God’s power means that we can renounce satan and sin, speak wisdom, love selflessly, be transformed to transform others, walk into the unknown with peaceful confidence, confront problems, and see ourselves in God’s eyes. A completely reversed way of life is opened up when we commit to remembering and experiencing the reality of God.
PS: Watch this beautiful spoken word video by Jon Jorgenson. It touches on a few things I talked about here!
Hello! I'm Anna, a college student living in the Midwest. I'm a strong believer in uncontrollable laughter, powerful words, and a morning cup of coffee. I pray these posts will encourage you to live a full life with and for God: unhindered. Look forward to new posts every Monday morning!