Many professing to be followers of Jesus today, actually grew up loving the great stories of God's power in the Bible account, but cannot bring that power into the 21st Century. While thrilling at the accounts of faith recorded of the faithful in Scripture, they stumble at the thought of God supporting men of faith today with power and might. What a tragic loss!
This "past power" kind of faith in God is a little reminiscent of Paul's confrontation of the Galatians: "Have you lost your senses? After starting your Christian lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort?" (Galatians 3:3 NLT). I wonder if after seeking to know God because of His great creative and sustaining power proclaimed in the Bible, how many today are now trying to "attain (their) goal by human effort."
Review the great stories of God's mighty works. Study the faith-filled souls recorded in the "Faith Hall of Fame" (Hebrews 11). Reflect on the promise of God's Son as he says, "And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." (Matthew 28:20 TNIV). Spend time in prayer considering this truth, "So, you see, it is impossible to please God without faith" (Hebrews 11:6 NLT).
With Joshua of old we hear the plea, "Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve ... But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord" (Joshua 24:15 NASB). Joshua's people were torn between the gods of the very people who had fallen before the might of the "living and true God" (1 Thessalonians 1:9 NASB) and the God of Power. People today are not all that different. They can serve a powerless god of human wisdom and logic, or they can serve the "One True and Living God" of power and mystery. However, they cannot serve both! Neither can we!
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God — having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them (2 Timothy 3:1-5 NIV).