The lesson today was marvelously taught by Sister Johnson who inspired some lively discussion today; that is, until we were quieted by the bell of the Sunday School Superintendent. The lesson was entitled, “ULTIMATE POWER”. The Scripture was from the book of Isaiah 40:21-31. The KEY VERSE was verse 28 which reads, “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom (NIV).
The lesson’s INTRODUCTION told us of the “remnant”—those Israelites who remained after near destruction by conquering armies, some say, as punishment for turning away from God—some even chose to worship powerless idols instead of an OMNIPOTENT—all powerful—God! Lunacy!
Now, they faced imminent judgement. The sad thing is that, this judgement had already been predicted and the people warned but they failed to heed the warnings of the prophets. Now, they felt POWERLESS. This feeling of POWERLESSNESS had led them to “lose all hope and to question God’s love for them” (Faith Pathways Text).
However, the great prophet Isaiah steps in to give them hope. He does this by emphasizing God’s intention to bring comfort and future deliverance to them. The text says, “His was a call of comfort and an exhortation to accept the comfort that God offered. The ultimate Creator provides ultimate power to comfort in all of life’s struggles”.
The first 4 verses of today’s Scripture—verses 21-24—are beautiful, powerful, and poetic. They read, in “The Message” translation of the Bible;
“Have you not been paying attention?
“Have you not been listening?
Haven’t you heard these stories all your life?
Don’t you understand the foundation of all things?
God sits high above the round ball of earth.
The people look like mere ants.
He stretches out the skies like a canvas—
yes, like a tent canvas to live under.
He ignores what all the princes say and do.
The rulers of the earth count for nothing.
Princes and rulers don’t amount to much.
Like seeds barely rooted, just sprouted,
They shrivel when God blows on them.
Like flecks of chaff, they’re gone with the wind”
The text asked the question, “What evidence is there today that God is ultimately in control of the universe? My thoughts were that there is much evidence to prove God’s ultimate authority, I chose the “Big Bang Theory” as my example.
The theory states that the universe and everything in it grew out of a tiny “spark” which ignited a huge explosion which spewed forth the elements of the universe which eventually formed into the stars, galaxies, planets, etc. yet, when asked what ignited the “spark” that led to the “BIG BANG” the scientists all grow as quiet as the darkest corners of the universe.
(Did you know that there is no sound in space? There must be air for the sound waves to travel on and there is no air in space. Space is a vacuum.)
So, even if you follow the trail created by science, you still come back to “that which no man understands”, which is exactly how Isaiah and other prophets have described God and how God describes Himself!
If you look back at the last line of the KEY VERSE, Isaiah says this; “He will not grow tired or weary, and HIS UNDERSTANDING, NO ONE CAN FATHOM (NIV)”.
So, we understand that God is Omnipotent—all powerful—nothing or no one is His equal. He is a never-ending, unlimited, unstoppable, inexhaustible source of POWER and the really great thing about Him is, he offers that power to us! All we have to do is PLUG IN.
Verse 29 says, “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak”. Isaiah goes on to say in verses 30 and 31, “Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint”.
Many people give Thomas Edison the credit for bringing the awesome power of electricity into our homes. His genius paved the way for the eventual formation of today’s power dynasties like Georgia Power. All we have to do to get some of Georgia Power’s power is; pay our bills and plug the cords of our appliances into an electrical wall outlet. God does not charge for HIS power. To tap into HIS POWER, all we must do is be obedient to His word and ask and we will receive.
From the mid-nineteenth century to the mid twentieth century, there lived a swarthy little Serbian American man whom was alternately described as; an inventor, an electrical engineer, a mechanical engineer, a physicist, and a futurist. He was best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system.
Tesla also entertained the ideas of wireless lighting and electricity distribution in his high-voltage, high-frequency power experiments in New York and Colorado Springs and made early (1893) pronouncements on the possibility of wireless communication with his devices.
He tried to put these ideas to practical use in an ill-fated attempt at intercontinental wireless transmission with his unfinished Wardenclyffe Tower project.
If Tesla’s project had been successful, it would have provided wireless access to electricity for everyone, free of charge. It would have place a “web” of electrical current around the earth which anyone, with the proper device, could tap into.
This is more like how God’s power is available to us than is the Georgia Power-type electricity. The only devices needed to tap into HIS POWER are FAITH, LOVE, and OBEDIENCE to HIS word.
Finally, our text asked the question, “What specific spiritual difference would occur individually and collectively, if the church acknowledged God’s ULTIMATE AUTHORITY?” I gave a “controversial” answer in Sunday School today, but I won’t give it here, yet. I prefer to give my readers an opportunity to answer this question.
Share your answers with me and the rest of the readers here. Then, I’ll share mine.