“These are just the beginning of all that he does, merely a whisper of his power. Who, then, can comprehend the thunder of his power?” – Job 26:14. 

Does God need our help? In a word, no. We can’t even begin to comprehend the power of God. We have an omnipotent God. He has the ability and power to do anything. God’s power is unlimited.

The Bible says that the faith of any believer should not be founded in religious reasoning, but on the power of God: “And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 2:4-5)  God does not need us, yet the Bible has numerous stories of how ordinary people participated in His purposes. In fact, God went to amazing lengths to include people in His purposes.

God rarely did anything by Himself. It would have been much easier for God to do everything on His own. Instead, he involved people in almost everything He did. God regularly turned spectators into participants. God did not afford people the luxury of sitting back and watching God do stuff. The Bible is full of examples.

Right from the start, God put Adam in the Garden of Eden and gave him a job: naming the animals. (Genesis 2:19) God could have named the animals Himself. But He chose to give Adam that assignment. When God wanted to get His people out of Egypt, He drafted Moses at the burning bush to pry the people away from Pharaoh. Moses dug his heels in and resisted taking on such a risky project. God persisted until Moses became a participant.  Why didn’t God simply give Goliath a heart attack? It would have been easier. But instead, God sent David into the valley to kill him with a slingshot. When Jesus wanted to start churches, He knocked Saul of Tarsus off his high horse on his way to Damascus and shaped Paul into a church-planting machine.

The list is endless. All through the Bible, God relentlessly involved people. He turned them from spectators into participants. God can use us if we choose to move from the sidelines into the game. It is simply being open to what God wants us to do. 

Discussion Questions:

  1. Why do you think God chose to involve people rather than simply doing everything Himself?
  2. Why do you think God designed for us to serve and give rather than simply consume?
  3. What is the biggest challenge in moving from a spectator to a participant?
  4. What can you do this week to get involved in the local church?