Raw Power

A steam locomotive is the picture of raw power.  The way they spouted smoke and steam, hissing and chugging as though they were living creatures, they have been the things of legend and romance for a century and a half.  The power element probably comes from the fact that their moving parts are on the outside for all to see…

Yes, they just look powerful, a modern diesel just can’t compare with them for looking powerful… even though they are actually more powerful as a rule.

A locomotive is a very powerful thing, and yet when compared to God’s power they are nothing.  God is all-powerful, He can do anything He wants…

Even though God is all-powerful, to the ancient  Hebrew mind this is not what is notable about Him, for His restraint is what they were mindful of, and it is what we should take note of as well.  God did not simply smite Mankind for its continual rebellion against Him, He restrained Himself our of His love for Man.  The entire history of the Bible is a history of God working to re-establish relationship with His wayward creation through a series of covenants.  Simply by entering a covenant, God has restrained His use of His total power.

I realize that this is a little counterintuitive to the Western mind, but it is the fact nevertheless. As such, it is the very demonstration of God’s love and mercy, for it gives us the chance to be forgiven.

As a final though for today, consider the difference between power and strength:  God has restrained the use of His raw power by exercising even greater strength when He sent His Son to die for our sins, in our place taking upon Himself the weight of our guilt so that we might live in fellowship with Him again.  This is a point on which all of us should meditate and search our souls…

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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