God’s Power Is Real and Present
Written by: Alexis Asamoah
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After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi
from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been
born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.”
When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him.
- Matthew 2:1-3 NIV
Jesus was only a baby and yet King Herod felt threatened by his birth. Why? Because King Herod knew that Jesus was no ordinary baby, but a King and the promised Messiah. He was afraid that Jesus’ kingship would supersede his and that he would lose all power and authority over his earthly kingdom in Judea.
I think we can relate to King Herod more than we realize. We like the feeling of being in control and having our decisions lead to the outcomes we want, but we don’t like when things turn out differently than we expected and we are unable to get a grip on what’s happening around us. Even though it feels stressful and uncomfortable, the moment we realize we aren’t in control is when we know God’s power is real and present.
Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.” - Matthew 1:7-8 NIV
In an attempt to take control and lessen his fears, King Herod decides to send the Magi to Bethlehem, asking them to report back to him where Jesus is. He lies to them, saying that he wants to worship Jesus, when he actually wanted to know where Jesus was in order to kill him. Of course, we know this plot doesn’t go according to plan and the Magi are warned in a dream not to tell King Herod. Isn’t this how God works through our situations? He sees us trying to take control of a situation, then shows us that His plans are higher than ours, His ways are not our ways.
The more we see that God’s plans cannot be thwarted, the more we recognize that He is more in control than we are. Our attempts to change what is happening around us will not change God’s will. It is because He is real and powerful that in those moments when we feel out of control, God is in control and not surprised by what happens.
God planned to send Jesus on earth to be born as a baby and eventually die on the cross at the age of 33. God’s sovereignty over the happenings on earth are what stopped King Herod’s plans from coming to fruition. In fact, if King Herod was truly in control, we wouldn’t have a Messiah!
It’s easy to read this story and have gratitude that God was in control over King Herod’s plans, but are we able to say the same about our own lives? If we know that God is real and powerful and good, we should be able to let go of our plans and let God be in control.
God has shown us that He is trustworthy. Let’s stop believing that we have control and start believing that God has good plans even when life doesn’t go our way.
1. What areas of your life are you trying to control?
2. How can you begin to let go of these areas and recognize God’s authority?
3. Think about times in the past when God has shown you that He is trustworthy. How can you apply this to future plans in your life?
Father, I repent for all the times I have believed I was in control of my life. I didn’t really believe in Your power then. Help me to trust You, even when plans don’t go my way and the future brings more uncertainty. I want to believe in Your power. I know that You have good plans in store for me. Thank You for sending Jesus as Messiah and that Your plans always come to fruition. Thank You for always being in control. Amen.
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