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Theme of the Week: Power at Its Best
Monday, January 6, 2014
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Key Bible Verse: Hopes placed in mortals die with them; all the promise of their power comes to nothing. (Proverbs 11:7, NIV)
Dig Deeper: Isaiah 40:6-8
So power, in this broadest sense of making something of the world, is a universal quality of life, from coral reefs to cellists. But only human beings, as far as we can tell, exercise power in the sense [of] not just making stuff but making sense. It is the unique power of human beings to invest our creations with meaning, to interpret the world rather than just blunder through it. As singular as our human power has become to physically reshape the world into gardens and cities, dammed rivers and mushroom clouds, even more singular is our ability to pass on meaning to the next generation, to shape their horizons of possibility with interpretations of not just what the world is but what it is for.
And what is powerlessness? It is being cut off from [this creativity]. The powerlessness of death means that the world may act on us, but we will never again act on it. Such powerlessness, just as much as power, is a fundamental feature of human existence. We began quite unable to make anything of the world, and we will soon be once again at the mercy of others' power to sustain us. And a moment after that, as far as this world is concerned, we will be gone altogether.
—Andy Crouch in Playing God
My Response: How should a healthy and humble understanding of my own mortality impact the way I understand and use the power I have?
Adapted from Playing God by Andy Crouch (IVP, 2013) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.
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Prayer for the Week
Lord, help me to see the imbalances of power in the world that cause human suffering and pain; show me how to use my power for the good of others.
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