"I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes." Romans 1:16
During a recent holiday I walked along Thotontonloch beach with Torness nuclear power station right in front of me. What power is produced inside that drab, functional-looking building. The impressive product of man's ability to think, plan and build can provide enough electricity to power 5 million homes!
Often when I look at diffculties I think of the power that I have to change things. I see a problem within my own home, family or workplace and think I have the ability to solve it myself. Sometimes I do get it sorted but often I am left frustrated or create an even bigger mess than before! Then I look at the major problems in our society and feel defeated because the might of governments and big organisations seems towering, impregnable and unable to be changed.
As I turned I saw the waves crashing onto the beach with relentless regularity. What was the power of these waves compared to the might of the nuclear reactors? And yet there was a greater power at work in theses waves. Waves that have been crashing onto that beach for thousands of years. Waves that have crushed shells to tiny grains of sand. Waves that have worn away rock and shaped the coastline. These waves will outlast that power station (without leaving toxic waste!).
Doesn't the power of the waves point us to the power of God? So often it's quietly at work all over the world, shaping lives and events. We can easily miss the depth and beauty of His ability to transform people and situations when we focus on what man can build. Sometimes we see dramatic displays of power that may seem to bring devastation but are always to further His work. The culmination of God's power is seen in Jesus Christ; the man who calmed the storm and walked on top of the waves. His disciples whispered among each other, "Who is this man? Even the wind and the waves obey him." In Christ we see the power over death and sin displayed mightily at the cross; the power that still reigns today