Inside: Examples from the Bible that Show Gods Power: 3 Incredible Stories
They brought out a cake with candles and the whole congregation started singing Happy Birthday.
My stomach lurched and my heart started racing. We (my husband and I) looked at each other with silent screams.
My daughter ran over to us and asked one hundred questions about where her cake was and if anybody was going to sing to her.
You see on this day it was my daughter’s 9th birthday.
And it was another kid’s birthday as well.
The mom of this child had arranged for the church to sing Happy Birthday to her son as her husband was the chef for our church dinner. Her family had not been together yet that day.
I knew this, and I know that mom. She would never intentionally hurt another child.
But my daughter didn’t know this. She had already exclaimed the day as the worst birthday ever:
- She had been in trouble for her attitude before walking into church
- She had to go to school on her birthday. (Life is so unfair),
- And right at the moment when they were singing, the birthday bracelet she received at school broke.
Cue the tears.
My heart broke into a million pieces. I didn’t know how I was going to divert the impending doom.
But then, my daughter surprised me.
She marched up to the pastor leading our church dinner and made known it was her birthday too.
Now she didn’t get the cake (that came later in the week for us), but the whole congregation sang Happy Birthday to her.
As her tears dried, her smile beamed brighter.
I felt pride for my daughter’s courage but regretful of my own failures and guilt:
- I should have stood up for my daughter.
- Why didnt I think to plan ahead?
- Why didnt I at least go with her?
I had to remind myself of grace.
And strength. For in my weakness, my daughter’s strength was shown.
Just like her strength was shown in my weakness (her mother), how much more do our weaknesses become our strengths when we let God lead our lives?
I don’t know where my daughter found her courage because it didn’t come from me. God saw her and he showed her His love through His power.
9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.2 Corinthians 12: 9-10 (ESV)
Right before the above passage, Paul speaks of a thorn in his side. He states that it is because of this weakness in his side, that he is able to boast of God’s strength. Because of God, Paul can press on and continue his strength.
The more we realize just how weak and powerless we are without God, the more the world can see God’s power through us.
Examples from the Bible that show God’s Power:
1. Moses: (Exodus 3)
Moses claimed he was a horrible speaker and couldn’t be a good leader. He didn’t think he was capable of what God asked him to do. He didn’t think he was good enough.
11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” 12 He said, “But I will be with you, and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.”Exodus 3: 11-12 (ESV)
But God used Moses to rescue his people. God took his excuses and made known that with God, all things are possible.
At times I find Moses’s whining and excuses unbearable and obnoxious.
But, how many times have I said that I wasn’t capable enough?
Or how many times do I whine that it should be someone else’s job, not mine?
But with God, we have no excuses anymore.
He is the answer.
2. Gideon: (Judges 6)
Gideon was from the weakest and smallest of Israel’s tribes, but God used him for triumph. Gideon didn’t think he was strong enough.
15 And he said to him, “Please, Lord, how can I save Israel? Behold, my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.” 16 And the Lord said to him, “But I will be with you, and you shall strike the Midianites as one man.”Judges 6: 15-16(ESV)
Through the smallest and most ordinary, God showed his power.
How many times do we say we’re not good enough? That we’re not strong enough?
But again, God is the answer. He is our strength.
We are already victorious because of Him.
3. Zaccheus: (Luke 19)
Zaccheus was hated and despised. He was a swindler and a thief. But, Zaccheus just wanted a glimpse of Jesus, and oh how he received so much more.
2 And behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich. 3 And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small in stature. 4 So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way. 5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he hurried and came down and received him joyfully. 7 And when they saw it, they all grumbled, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.” …
9 And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham.Luke 19: 2- 7, 9 (ESV)
We are all more than the worse thing we have done.
Zacchaeus felt ashamed. He was hated and despised. But he knew he was a sinner. He didn’t think he was worthy.
But God used his sin and shame and reconciled him and made him new.
Salvation came to the house of a sinner because of God’s power.
How many times do we say God could never forgive my sins? I am too far gone.
But God is the answer. We are made worthy because of him.
What man thinks is ordinary God can make extraordinary.
God takes all our sins and makes them new again.
My friends, you matter because God made you and He loves you.
There is nothing you can do to take his love away. (Romans 8:31-39)
- No excuse that He can’t transform into strength.
- No weakness too weak that He can’t use.
- And no sin too great that He can’t redeem
Let us let go of our doubts, fears, failures, insecurities, and excuses, and let God. Let His power be made known.
Maybe I should have been the one to stand up for my daughter, but by stepping back, I allowed her to grow in her determination and power. If only for that minute.
In the same way, God may not always seem like he’s standing up for us, but he is always there beside us.
God’s power can come in many forms, from a burning bush to a slight breeze, to a young child demanding to be adored.
And we are powerful, because of God.
14 For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”Esther 4:14 (ESV)
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