4 The LORD has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble.
For me, the practical implications of God's power...even over the wicked, has given me a confidence I cannot begin to explain. When I was in 5th grade I lived in a pretty rough neighborhood in San Diego. It was during the "Menace to Society" and "Boyz in the Hood" era, and we had a few run-ins with gangsters. One day, walking with some friends, God's absolute power overwhelmed me in a way I can't describe. They probably thought I was nuts, but I went on a little rant about how nothing could be done to me that will ultimately harm me. Even if my life was taken, God was in control and it would just mean getting to be with him. I got a little cocky and started throwing my hands in the air, shouting "What? What?", but the reality stuck deep in my soul. People wonder why a 5'5" guy with a stutter walks around with such un-shakable confidence and here's the answer...I have faith in Jesus...spelled out in Romans 8:28-39.
Do you have such confidence? If not, do you know the REAL God...the one who is ALL Powerful?