After a powerful storm of nature strikes an area, many homes experience a power failure.
“Where were you when the lights went out?” then becomes the topic of conversation. The storm’s ferocious hands, winds, and water are hurled at earth like a demon loosed from hell. It takes men years to connect the various parts of our land with electrical lines linked to sources of power. In one devastating night, all of their work can be swept up and scattered into a chaotic mess. For days, weeks, months, and even years after, many people have to make a change in lifestyle. Old habits are not easily broken: reading at night, cooking on an electric stove, getting cold drinks from the refrigerator, turning on the heat or air conditioning, just to name a few. Not having any power causes great hardships for many.
There is a great feeling of dependency on others at times like these. Among the people who are able to help are those who work for the power company. They can fix the problem to restore the power. And once the power is restored again, every one feels grateful and has a new appreciation for the power they once took for granted.
This is also true in the spiritual realm of life. There are a variety of storms that come our way that can cut us off from our Source of spiritual power. Sometimes circumstances are at fault, but usually the blame for not having power to live the Christian life lies with us. Without God’s power, we find ourselves severely disabled.
“Where were you when the lights went out?” You were probably standing there holding the plug.
What is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.
And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. – Ephesians 1:19-23