In a single year (2016), the U.S. used a total of 3,902,000,000,000 kilowatt hours, that is 3,902 billion kilowatt hours. That is a lot of power! Nevertheless, it does not compare to the amount of power produced by the Sun in one second: 38,460 septillion watts! That is, 38,460, 000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 watts.
Now, the Sun is only one star of many. Just how many? Some scientists estimate a total of 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars in the universe.
Going by these numbers, how much power do all these stars produce in a year? And how much power have they produced in the time they have been? These numbers truly defy imagination!
And yet, the Bible tells us that God created all these stars (Genesis 1:16) and that He maintains all of them in existence by his power (Hebrews 1:13). How powerful God must be! He truly is all powerful!
Close your eyes and picture a star. Do you see the star in your mind? Picture now a second star? Keep adding stars in your mind without losing a clear picture of them all.
Can you picture septillion stars?
What other works or miracles has God done, and how do these make His power seem even greater than the existence of the stars does?
What other verses of the Bible would you have used to prove that God is all powerful?
Some people challenge God’s omnipotence by stating God cannot lie or create another god greater than Himself. Are these challenges legitimate? Do they really limit God’s power?
How can we appropriately respond and relate to God’s overwhelming power?
God, Father, how much your power surpasses understanding! When I think about such power, I can only picture myself like a drop of water falling into the sun—I am consumed before ever reaching the surface. Who will not fear you? Who will not tremble before you? Who will not worship you? Anyone who does not bow before you will be like that drop of water.
Nevertheless, you invite me, through the grace of your Son Jesus Christ, to behold your glory, to come close to you, and to praise you for all eternity! How great and wonderful you are!
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