The Bible has a lot to say about power, specifically about how it relates to God. We read that God is all-powerful and that we can see his power clearly in Creation, as well as in the miracles that He has done throughout history - climaxing, of course, in the resurrection of Jesus. In his letter to the Ephesians, the apostle Paul wrote about "the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come" (Eph. 1:19-21). Can you imagine the power it took to raise the body of Jesus from the dead? Not power to destroy, but power to give life in place of death!
What is even more mind-boggling, though, is the verse that comes before this one:
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. (Ephesians 1:18-19)
Did you catch that promise? Along with hope and an inheritance, he has given great power to us who believe and trust in Jesus as our Savior. And when you read how those verses are connected, you will see this phrase: "That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead..."
Whoa. The power that raised Jesus from the dead is available to me as a believer in Jesus? THAT power? Way more than a bolt of lightning that can only destroy - this is God's power for life! And where does that power come from? The book of Acts reveals that in Jesus' promise: "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you" (Acts 1:8). The power we need for living comes from the Holy Spirit who is given to us when we trust Jesus for salvation. It is power to enable us to be witnesses for Him and to make righteous choices in our everyday lives.
It's something I need to remember daily, too, when I lose my patience with them or with my husband or anything else in life. God's power in me, for life and healing and righteousness - is greater than anything else - even greater than the raw power in a bolt of lightning.