A Theology of Power
14I possess good advice and competence;
I have understanding and power.
15 It is by me that kings reign
and rulers enact just law;
16 by me, princes lead,
as do nobles and all righteous judges.
17 I love those who love me,
and those who search for me find me.
“Power” is a dangerous concept. History leaves a wake of powerful people who destroyed themselves and those around them through the intoxication of power. On the other hand, all authority belongs to Jesus. He gives power to the church to proclaim His word and bless the world as many become His disciples (Matt. 28-20).
The Hebrew term, gebura, means power or strength. It is the ability to affect change (Longman, 202). In Proverbs 8:14-15, we find that power belongs to wisdom, and by her, rulers exercise righteous authority. Further, in 8:17, she promises that those who seek her will not be disappointed.
Church planters and pastors are not political rulers. However, we are called to affect change: the lost become disciples… disciples gather into new churches… leaders develop and are sent… communities are impacted for the glory of God!
What are you doing with the power God has given you? Are you affecting change? Is the change Spirit-driven? Or, does it come from your own personality or desire?
Let us reflect on our use of power. It all belongs to Jesus, and it flows through His disciples by His Spirit. May we become sober, obedient stewards of God’s gift of power, influencing people for His glory!
Tremper Longman III, Proverbs: Grand Rapids: Baker, 2006 contributed to the author’s study of the biblical passage.