Janice Boekhoff

The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is majestic. The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.

Psalm 29:4-5

The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.

Hebrews 1:3

Why do we love the hero in a movie? The guy who has the ability to beat the snot out of the bad guy and yet restrains himself to do the right thing. We love the hero because we admire power under control, power used for good.

If we understood the power of God, we would cower in fear—and we should—if that’s all God is. But He is also humble. Instead of shouting at us with a voice that would break our ear drums, He uses a small whisper. Oh, He has immense power, but He controls His power and uses it for our good and His glory.

When Jesus came to earth, He had that same power within him, and yet He was the ultimate example of humble obedience. The lamb of God. He went to his own death on a cross to fulfill God’s plan for us. He should be our model of how to use the power God has given each of us—the wisdom of the Holy Spirit inside us along with our talents and gifts. Whether it’s singing, preaching, baseball, math, or even writing, we should use it all, in humble obedience to Him.

Dear Lord, I confess that sometimes I want to use my gifts for my own glory. So others will notice me and praise me. Create in me a pure heart that wants nothing more than to please You. In Jesus’s name, amen.

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