God’s Power: Priceless
Scripture Reading: Acts 8:14-24
Key Verses: Acts 8:18-19
When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money and said, “Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”
In this section of the book of Acts, we get a glimpse of how power can be abused. A man named Simon, who had gotten involved with magic arts, watched the apostles operate with the power of God. That power intrigued Simon; he wanted that power to use in his life. Unfortunately, he wanted it for the wrong reasons. Simon wanted to purchase this power, offering the apostles money. The apostles quickly rebuked Simon in no uncertain terms.
To understand God’s power, we need to start by understanding what it’s not! God’s power is not to be used to show off, impressing our friends. God’s power is not to bring attention to us, but rather to point toward our heavenly Father! Even when Jesus demonstrated great power, He constantly reminded people that it was for His Father’s glory!
This passage of scripture also reminds us that God’s power does not come by human methods or worldly manipulation. We must never take credit for the powerful work that only the Holy Spirit in us can do. This power from God is not often “felt” as much as it is accomplished. We will usually need to review and rejoice over what this power of God has done rather than announce or predict what is going to be done. God’s ways are higher than our ways; past finding out! (Romans 11:33).
The power of God is at work, though I don’t feel or see it most of the time!
Father, I rest in you and in your power that is at work in me. Even while I sleep, your power is active and productive! In Jesus’ Name, amen.