Many people crave for power – sometimes consciously and sometimes unconsciously.
We believe we are inherently good, and so we think if only we have power, we can make changes that would benefit the larger body. That maybe true, or maybe not.
As believers, God is our source of power. He puts people in positions of power and He takes them down.
Of course, there are some who would do and say anything including lies, corruption and political manoeuvres in order to obtain power, but that does not please God and thus will not be blessed by God even though there may be signs of material success.
2Chron.27:6 tells us, King Jotham “grew powerful because he walked steadfastly before the Lord his God.” The 2017 Christian Standard Bible (CSB translation) reads, “he did not waver in obeying the Lord”. And so the Lord blessed him and his kingdom such that even his enemies the Ammonites honoured him.
That’s the secret to Jotham‘s success – he walked steadfastly before the Lord his God.
And I do not think Jotham did so because he wanted to be powerful. If he did, the Lord who sees the intent of the heart of every man and woman would not have blessed Jotham.
So Jotham walked steadfastly before God because he honoured and feared God. He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord (v.2).
If you and I walk steadfastly before the Lord our God, we can rest in the fact that the Lord will do in us, for us and through us what He considers to be best for us and the people around us.
Whether that means God will make us powerful in the eyes of man or not should not matter.
Sometimes He will make us powerful in the eyes of those around us, at other times the power will be at work within us though it may not be visible to others, but it will still accomplish God’s purposes if we remain humble and steadfast before the Lord.
So our desire should not be for power or more power, it should be to humbly walk steadfastly before the Lord and continually hope and pray, “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
Then the Lord will work powerfully within us to accomplish His agenda through us whether it is in the marketplace, at home, in church, in school or anywhere else. In fact, as the Apostle Paul said in Eph.3:20, the Lord is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine according to His power that is at work within us!
Hallelujah, praise the Lord!