In Colossians 1:11 Paul prays that the readers will be “strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience”. Several words are used here to describe the abundance of God’s power that is available to the Christian: “strengthened”; “all power”; “His glorious might.” But it may surprise us to note what Paul says is the result of all this power of God in our lives:
This verse indicates that the manifest power of God will lead to “all steadfastness and patience.” These are two familiar Greek Bible words: “hupomene” and “makrothumia” — patience & perseverance!
Some may be a little disappointed to learn that God’s power does not always lead to more “glorious” manifestations: miracles or charisma or something more “grand” in our eyes. But the scripture indicates here that when God’s power is manifest in your life, you will be patient with others, and persevere in doing what is right. Not as “spectacular” as some might desire — but these are indeed miraculous in their own right! There are situations in which it is truly only the power of God which can help a person to be patient, or to persevere.
If these are the scriptural evidences of the power of God, how much evidence of that power is there in your life? Are you showing the fruit of patience towards others? Are you persevering in the good that God has called you to do? You may need to call out to God today, and ask Him to “strengthen you with all power, according to His glorious might” — not for some “great sign and wonder” — but that you might glorify Him through your patience and perseverance.