In His wisdom and mercy, God has apportioned to each of us a measure of strength; as many as our days, so shall our strength be. But what of Him who is everlasting, whose days know no end?
He is the only one whose power is without limit:
“In your hand are power and might, so that none is able to withstand you.”
He created and sustains all things by His almighty command:
“He upholds the universe by the word of his power.”
And despite our vaulted notions to the contrary, no one can resist His power or His decrees:
“For the Lord of hosts has purposed, and who will annul it? His hand is stretched out, and who will turn it back?”
Even when nations conspire against Him, they can do nothing but invite their own destruction.
“Behold, the Lord has one who is mighty and strong; like a storm of hail, a destroying tempest, like a storm of mighty, overflowing waters, he casts down to the earth with his hand.”
Like Job, we must despair of ever besting Him:
“If it is a contest of strength, behold, he is mighty!”
And yet, Jesus’ greatest display of power was when He hung dying on the cross. In His weakness we see a greater power than any other:
“For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”
The twelve legions of angels He could have summoned would have been feeble and useless; He who withered the fig tree and turned the Nile into blood could have instantly taken the life from those who desired His. But instead He forgave, and in that forgiveness is the saving power of God displayed:
“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!”
And in that last day when Jesus destroys His enemies by the sword of His mouth, all His people will sing in eternal praise of His boundless love and power:
“The Lord is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation.”
Thank you, Jesus for saving us by your mighty hand and redeeming us by the unstoppable force of Your word. Give us the power to resist sin more earnestly, to see You more clearly, and to love you more passionately, for all strength comes from You!
“He is the one who gives power and strength to his people. Blessed be God!”