We hit our limit the other day. I was streaming some music live while I was working on the internet. My wife was working from home on the internet and watching a streaming TV show at the same time. All of the sudden she started getting messages. “You don’t have enough bandwidth. Do you want to keep watching?” When she told me, I gulped, turned off the music, and sure enough, she had enough bandwidth to watch her show.
There are limits to human devices. Too much internet use for the available bandwidth slows things down. Too much traffic on a road causes congestion and things slow down. Overload your electrical circuits and soon you’ll trip a breaker. God, on the other hand, has a limitless supply of power. Jesus was able to tell when people were seeking and gaining His power, but He never ran out. “But Jesus said, ‘Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.’” (Luke 8:46)
The woman had sought Jesus because of what seemed to be an incurable illness. Not thinking herself worthy to gain the attention of Jesus, she hoped to touch His garment and be healed. What amazing faith that was! What she didn’t realize, though, was that Jesus would notice. He had a power drain. I don’t know if Jesus noticed it like we notice the lights dim a bit when the Air Conditioner kicks on, but He noticed it. Power left Him. If the supply of power Jesus had was limited, this could have caused trouble. Sure, He was happy to heal this lady, but an even trickier healing lay ahead – one that would use a lot of power. He would be raising a young girl from the dead. God’s power, though, is not limited by bandwidth or transformer capacity. When Jesus came to the home of Jairus, he dismissed the professional mourners and brought the little girl back from the dead. God’s power flowed through Jesus that day and HIs power is limitless.
God’s power is limitless. If it seems that He doesn’t have much power in the midst of the troubles we deal with, it may be that we aren’t doing our part in the distribution system. Maybe we won’t even touch the hem of His garment, so to speak, because we don’t feel like we are worthy. Maybe we don’t have the faith to ask God because the issue is too big in our minds; or maybe we don’t ask because the issue is too small. The evil in our world today calls us not to think that God can’t do anything, it should call us to open up the floodgates in prayer and unleash the mighty power of our omnipotent God. Whether we touch the garment hoping to remain hidden or boldly ask God to work – unleash the power!
Lord, how often have I failed to seek Your help and guidance. I ask for forgiveness for my lack of faith. I also pray for Your power to be unleashed in this world. I pray for healing and comfort for friends and family who are going through difficult times. I pray for deliverance for my brothers and sisters who are dealing with persecution around the globe. I pray for our country that You would speak to and work through all of our leaders. Glorify Your name, O Lord.