For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
Lord Acton was a nineteenth-century British politician, historian, and writer. He is best known for these words: “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” He had seen enough examples in the church and government to be confident that power can be a dangerous thing.
Thankfully, the only Person who has absolute power in our world is God. His use of power reflects His moral and loving character and traits. He shares His power with us which makes power a matter of our stewardship—using it in a way that will please the Owner. The Holy Spirit gave the apostles power to begin taking the Gospel into the world (Acts 1:8). God gives us power to counteract the normal human temptation to fear, as Paul wrote to the young pastor, Timothy (2 Timothy 1:7). God’s power is always to be used for His purposes.
Because God is good, He has given us the gift of His power. Rely on the power of God in your life to accomplish His will today.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power. Abraham Lincoln