(This is actually the 5th day of Christmas. This is posting is for yesterday. I'll post the 5th day of Christmas meditation later today.)
Power is the ability to create, initiate, transform, or change oneself or one's world. As such, power can be used for constructive or destructive purposes. It can be found in both humans and in the natural world. Power is relative -- an ant carrying scraps of food is powerful as is a tyrannical dictator who is destroying a country.
God's power is without comparison. Moreover, all power on earth, whether in nature or with man, is derived in God. Anselm of Canterbury famously described God as "that than which nothing greater can be conceived."
God is power.
Bless the Lord, O my soul!
O Lord my God, you are very great!
You are clothed with splendor and majesty,
covering yourself with light as with a garment,
stretching out the heavens like a tent.
He lays the beams of his chambers on the waters;
he makes the clouds his chariot;
he rides on the wings of the wind;
he makes his messengers winds,
his ministers a flaming fire. (Psalm 104:1-4, ESV)
Like an ant, our power in the universe seems small by comparison. Throughout Scripture, we are reminded that God's power is incomparable. By His grace and mercies in Jesus, the power of the universe saves us from our sin.
We are weak. We despise our weaknesses and are tempted to compensate for any and all of them as best we can. Yet, God reminds us...
My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:9, ESV)