I think you should all go read Mel’s post, “True Power” because it’s really an issue for our time, it’s a significant key to the puzzle, it’s the path towards healing and personal growth. Another way of saying “healing and personal growth” is growing closer to the Father, building intimacy with the Lord, strengthening your faith.
Myself, I’ve been engaged in this struggle with finding true power for a long time. I am actually the oldest kid, the caretaker in midst of extreme dysfunction. Both my parents wound up in jail and homeless and there is a lot of addiction in my family to this day. I don’t have friends, I often just have a caseload. The motherlode of all one sided relationships! Seriously, I know these things intellectually and yet I still surprise myself sometimes. When the world is burning and the floodwaters are rising, I will be there in the midst of it all, cleaning it up. When I imagine “power,” I picture nothing but more responsibility, more burdens, and I don’t want anything to do with it. I’ve walked with all of the responsibility and none of the power, none of the authority, for far too long.
So, “.. being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” His word is true, He is good and faithful to heal what ails us. He who began a good work in me has continued. He tends to do this by “revealing” things to us, revelation. The Samaritan woman at the well is astounded, she is caught off guard, because He seems to know who she is. In fact, she becomes the first evangelist by going back to her village and basically proclaiming, Hey I met a man that knew me, is this the Christ?
Sometimes I think we are waiting for great revelation complete with fireworks and the voice of Charleston Heston as Moses, something miraculous and dramatic, like parting the Red Sea, and instead the Lord is more like, let’s deal with your insecurity. Here is where it began, here is how we are going to unwind that deception and set you free. He came to set the captives free!
True power moves mountains, it shakes the Earth, it changes everything. Every time we let the Lord unkink the garden hose separating us from Him, cut us loose from whatever has entangled us, we draw closer to Him, we gain more of His power, His strength, His righteousness. Not only “by His stripes are we healed,” but He also said, “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” His healing and His power are available to us, they are promises, and when we reach for them, it can change everything, our perspectives, our crooked paths, our bondage, but it also begins to change everything and everyone around us.
It’s a gentle thing, too. I have to say that because often the world presents power as if it were power over others, something aggressive and self serving. Power is actually a bit of a paradox as Paul says, “For when I am weak, then I am strong.” It’s quiet, resilient, strong, long suffering, and faithful.
My favorite definition of “power” is actually 1 Corinthians 13. The Bible tells us that God is all powerful and also that “God is love.” So 1 Corinthians 13 helps us to understand what that looks like, what the nature of God’s power is all about. It’s not for the faint of heart, that’s for sure. We often read those words as if they are mushy and romantic, something that belongs on wedding invitations. They are not, they are more like a call to arms, the weapons we are called to take up and to embrace.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres…