Language learners often error linguistically because they know the definition of a particular word but don’t understand the cultural connotations or the context in which it is appropriately used.
“Power” might be one of those words. The definition is pretty straightforward: the ability or capacity to do something or to direct or influence the behavior of others or the course of events. But connotations of the concept of power range from enablement to authority, might, and strength to corruption and abuse.
Biblically we understand power is an inherent characteristic of God, part of His divine nature. However, for humans, power is always derived. We either obtain or receive power. We obtain it from position, from might gathered around us (as in armies or popularity) or from some other social or political construct that provides advantage.
Or we receive power from God, often in the form of grace, love, and wisdom. Often in moments of weakness and vulnerability. Often connected with rescue and redemption.
This is a concept worth pondering.
Explore “power” with us this week. Tag your photos with #VelvetAshesPower on Instagram. Gather with us at The Grove beginning Thursday 6pm EST where you can link up blog posts and join the conversation in the comments.