ESSAY-LIKE SUNDAY MORNING: Ultimate Power

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.

46 Comments

  1. This is so uplifting Ron. Having an interest in science I was really engrossed by your use of electricity in your writing.
    There is so much out there for us to learn in God’s Creation. And as we take pleasure in seeing children grow and learn, so God takes pleasure in seeing his creations do the same.
    Keep on Ron.
    This inspires me!

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  2. Hi Ron. Thanks for sharing your article; I found it well written and thought-provoking. “What specific spiritual difference would occur individually and collectively, if the church acknowledged God’s ULTIMATE AUTHORITY?”

    I think the difference would be that individual and the world would “awaken” to the knowing that we are God Incarnate; that God would no longer be some distant and oppressive figure somewhere in the “clouds” judging us as either good or bad, and that the church (as any intermediary) would lose power. How could we ever need someone to go “through” to meet and know God…if we realized that the spark of the Divine was, is, and will always be within us already?!! I look at it this way: “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” If we believe that there is an omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent Creator of All, then that would mean that we have descended from Him, Her, or It. Therefore, like the apple that comes from an apple tree. we would know that we are aspects of the Divine; that when we look at a brother, sister, or stranger, would realize, too, that we are looking at another aspect of ourselves, descended from the same Beautiful, Powerful, and Almighty Source. In short, if we realized that we are One, how in the world could we ever war against another of “our own?” Literally, I think we would have peace on earth.

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    1. Thanks for taking on the challenge of answering that question Art. You’re the man! So far, you’re the only one to do so. I think that many Judeo-Christians, atheist, agnostics, and so on, would prefer to let this one pass, either for lack of understanding of what is being asked; having no answer; or fear. Obviously, you have none of those short-comings.

      I like your perspective and what you had to say. I agree that we ALL have the “spark of the Divine” within us. I wonder though, as I read your response, did the “Creator” create us and instill within his “creation”, the “Divine spark” or are we a part of him as our children are a part of us, and in so being, inherited the “divine” DNA?

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      1. Hi Ron. I like your depth regarding life. Thank you so much for sharing these meaningful questions. To answer your last question (just my perspective; not pretending to be an expert), I believe we are part of Him/Her/It; that we must be. I also believe that God works through us, and that when we are aligned with our Divine Nature, that we bring God, and the very best (compassion, kindness, love, etc) to earth.I believe, however, that many people mistakenly believe the labels of this earth regarding being a “person”–name, age, role, nationality, etc–as being the truth of who we are. I believe we are so much more, and that we should never “mistake the map for being the actual territory.”

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      2. Thanks Art! The feeling is mutual. I believe your philosophy meshes well with my viewpoint. I hope Cousin Lady G is following this thread.

        She and I have had similar discussions in the past.

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  3. Always providing good food for thought and for the soul; that’s my cousin. I guess I have to wonder why the insertion of the word “church” in the question? I realize that this is not your question.

    I am coming to understand the true meaning of God within. So I’d ask How would we be spiritually different if we acknowledged God’s ultimate authority while also acknowledging our own individual authority that, based on scripture, He has clearly given us.

    Hey, that’s my two cents anyway 🙂

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  4. I agree with both you and Art. Your views are similar, in that, you both view God as something or someone INSIDE–for lack of a better word–of us all.

    My take on the question is more one of faith in that “God”, wherever He/She/It resides.

    If we TRULY believed in the ULTIMATE authority of this “Power”. Would not that “belief” or “faith” eliminate any doubt, fear, worry etc., from our lives, church or world.

    And wouldn’t the evidence of ANY doubt, fear, worry etc. imply that we do not truly believe that “God”, whether within or without, has ULTIMATE AUTHORITY?

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    1. Absolutely!

      We say we believe in God’s ultimate authority and his power but we secretly wait for the other shoe to drop; which then leads us to start preparing to work our own plan sans The LORD.

      You know, just in case He can’t handle it or, on the off chance, He isn’t watching things. 😃

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      1. In Sunday School, when this question was asked, our teacher stated that she did not doubt God’s authority and power, but yet, insisted that she still felt doubt, fear and worry.

        She stated that “God” made us this way. He made us to doubt and worry etc.

        Of course, I refuted her premise due to its paradoxical nature.

        fear, doubt and worry cannot exist in the shadow of true and utter faith/belief in the ultimate authority of “God”.

        Therefore it is my opinion that no one truly believes in the ULTIMATE authority.

        Some of us may believe in a NEARLY ULTIMATELY authoritative and powerful “God”, but not truly ULTIMATE.

        My Sunday School teacher is truly a remarkable human.

        Even Jesus doubted while praying in the Garden of Gethsemane. I guess she has more faith then even He.

        Most of us don’t even have the “faith of a mustard seed”, for if we did, the Bible says we could move mountains.

        I can’t move a mountain and don’t know of anyone who has ever done so.

        I really appreciate you guys for participating in my little jaunt.

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      2. Thus saith The Professor!
        YAAASSS!!!
        I definitely can dig that response.
        But you know me, forever the Smart Alec, I always have to joke that I don’t remember Jesus specifying how long it would take to move that mountain. Maybe we do have enough faith to make it move to “yonder place” in a million years –similar to the continental drift or sumthin’ LOL!!
        Love you Cuz!

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  5. [he offers that power to us! All we have to do is PLUG IN.]

    I love that line! Its simple in theory but so powerful if we apply it to our daily lives.

    To answer your question:
    If we acknowledge God as the ultimate authority,
    – we would stop passing judgements on others as if we are some how cream of the crop. God is the ultimate judge.

    -We’d be more accepting of our fellow man — less discriminating. Isn’t it funny how in order to be a member of a church one must adhear to a certain set of rules otherwise you are considered an outsider? The emphasis is in the wrong place! God says come as you are, man says come, but clean yourself up first. Who do we think we are? God encourages togetherness, while we encourage segregation. Again, this way of thinking just irks me and it’s why I don’t subscribe to religion. I believe in God but cannot partake in the rules man implements which is completely not what God speaks of in the Bible.

    I can go on and on but I don’t want to be too long winded ☺

    Great post. Very thought provoking! Glad I stopped by 🌷

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    1. Hi A. I loved your response. Mine was similar. I, too, was wondering what ‘church’ has to do with it.
      But, as Ron told me, the question was asked during a Sunday school church class (using a lesson guide of some sort) so I guess it was important for them to include the word ‘church.’
      Personally, I think that what goes on at most ‘churches’ isn’t nearly as important as each person developing a personal relationship with the indwelling God.
      So I guess you might say that we are in agreement on that.
      Have a great day!

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      1. Hi Lady G.
        Thanks for your feedback. I always enjoy a healthy discussion.

        This is an area I’ve been struggling with since my teenage years. I grew up in the ‘church’ so I saw first hand how belonging to a ‘faith’ or membership in a church was used to ‘exclude’ instead of ‘include’. I could never wrap my mind around that way of thinking so I’ve sought to discover God and His goodness on my own.

        Trouble is, I haven’t been as diligent with my studies as I’d like to be since I’ve discovered I learn best with structure (assignments, deadlines etc.). I experimented with a couple devotional apps which worked well for a while, but then I started ignoring them, just like every other phone notification. 😁

        Need a new plan of action to get back into the groove of studying the ‘word’ daily, until then I simply listen to my worship Playlist as I go along my day just so I’m blessed by the wonderful, uplifting offerings by amazing contemporary Christian artists I’ve come to discover.

        Best of luck on your journey. My day was hectic as usual but good. Hope you’re having a great day too. ☺

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      2. Hello again A.
        Thanks for such a thoughtful and eye-opening response. I totally get what you’re saying. One thing that has helped me is finding prayers and scriptures relative to a given subject then praying and meditating on those first thing in the morning. I know that it can be difficult with family but I had to make it a “must do.” That said, I get up earlier than everybody else so I can have this time with God.
        I can tell you for sure, it makes my day go much better in every aspect. 🌷

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  6. I enjoyed reading your text as well as all the comments. Very thought provoking post and discussion. I contemplated for an hour what I could possibly say to contribute, came up with nothing, but had a great conversation in my head about free will and doubt and how it’s all a test for eternal life. 🙂

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  7. I love the Tesla reference. His willingness to seek new sources of power and ways to harness it was sheer brilliance. Perhaps if we looked within ourselves for the power that God has bestowed upon us, then maybe our world wouldn’t be in so much turmoil. We keep looking to others to solve our problems, we look to others to be our heroes. We need to be silent, and listen for God. There is power in stillness. There is power in love. If we would open our hearts, we would see that.

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