How is the power of God seen in a world where political leaders have the power to destroy the planet many times over? - Power - TouchPoints

How is the power of God seen in a world where political leaders have the power to destroy the planet many times over?

Psalm 29:3-11The voice of the Lord echoes above the sea. The God of glory thunders. The Lord thunders over the mighty sea. The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is majestic. The voice of the Lord splits the mighty cedars; the Lord shatters the cedars of Lebanon. He makes Lebanon’s mountains skip like a calf; he makes Mount Hermon leap like a young wild ox. The voice of the Lord strikes with bolts of lightning. The voice of the Lord makes the barren wilderness quake; the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh. The voice of the Lord twists mighty oaks and strips the forests bare. In his Temple everyone shouts, “Glory!” The Lord rules over the floodwaters. The Lord reigns as king forever. The Lord gives his people strength. The Lord blesses them with peace.

The God of glory thunders. The Lord thunders over the mighty sea .

Genesis 1:26-3126Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like ourselves. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.”27 So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.28 Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.”29 Then God said, “Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food.30 And I have given every green plant as food for all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, and the small animals that scurry along the ground—everything that has life.” And that is what happened.31 Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good! And evening passed and morning came, marking the sixth day.

Revelation 21:1-21 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone.2 And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.  .

God’s power is clearly seen in the wonders of creation. Whether by the slow process of harming the planet through poor stewardship or threatening to destroy the planet through a nuclear catastrophe, human sinful nature has always expressed poor responsibility for God’s charge that we are to be his creation’s stewards. We can either take care or be terribly careless with creation. But God exercises and will exercise whatever power necessary to preserve his creation for his purposes until the time has come for the new heavens and the new earth.

Psalm 20:6-8Some nations boast of their armies and weapons, but we boast in the Lord our God . . .

God’s power is greater than any army or any destructive device conceived by humans, as they discover the vast stores of power within the created order. No power is ever wielded by humans that hasn’t originated with and been permitted by God.  

Isaiah 45:13I will raise up Cyrus to fulfill my righteous purpose, and I will guide all his actions . . .

John 19:1-11Then Jesus said, “You would have no power over me at all unless it were given to you from above.”

2 Peter 3:8-138 But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day.9 The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.10 But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief. Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and the very elements themselves will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be found to deserve judgment.11 Since everything around us is going to be destroyed like this, what holy and godly lives you should live,12 looking forward to the day of God and hurrying it along. On that day, he will set the heavens on fire, and the elements will melt away in the flames.13 But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth he has promised, a world filled with God’s righteousness.

Hebrews 1:10-1210 He also says to the Son, “In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundation of the earth and made the heavens with your hands.11 They will perish, but you remain forever. They will wear out like old clothing.12 You will fold them up like a cloak and discard them like old clothing. But you are always the same; you will live forever.”

Earthly rulers and authorities have power only because God has allowed them to exercise it temporarily. This might seem to include the power to destroy the world, but God has already claimed that right for himself.

Romans 8:1-14For the power of the life-giving Spirit . . . has freed me from the law of sin and death.

The power of the Holy Spirit can transform any life for eternity. That power cannot be overcome by any other power found in creation.

Colossians 1:15-2015 Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,16 for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see— such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him.17 He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.18 Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So he is first in everything.19 For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ,20 and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.

Revelation 1:8“I am the Alpha and the Omega—the beginning and the end,” says the Lord God . . . “the Almighty One.”

Only Jesus can rightfully claim to be the beginning and end of all things. The same one through whom all things and for whom all things were created will be the same one through whom all things will be consummated.

Revelation 4:11You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power.

To Christ the King alone belong all honor and power. Every other power permitted by him will at some point be eternally submitted to him.