What is energy? And, why am I considering it as a biblical topic worthy of study, when apparently the word ‘energy’ is not found in the Bible? Well, there are synonyms such as ‘power’, ’spirit’ and ‘light’ that are in the Bible, and they have significance in terms of our understanding of God’s word.
‘Energy’ is a word I tend to use quite a lot when praying. I ask God to intervene in situations that are happening here on earth. I ask Him to use His power and His energy to bring about changes in accordance with His will. My prayers may be for people who are ill, or they may be for those suffering from natural or manmade disasters, including aid-workers, for them to have abundant energy, perseverance, patience, compassion and love.
God the Source of Energy
God is the source of all energy. He is Light (John 8:12; 9:5) – and what is light, if it is not energy? Think of the energy God expended when He created the world and the universe (John 1:3-5). He spoke His creation into being (Genesis 1). We are amazed at His power, and we cannot comprehend it. Think about the energy He expends while sustaining His universe – the stars, the planets and all living matter. We take for granted the movement of the oceans’ tides due to the *gravitational forces of the moon and the sun. We seldom give thought to the movement of the winds that are generated by solar energy. We drive our cars, heat our homes and communicate by using mobile phones, and we forget that the source of the energy for doing these things is primarily in the form of fossil fuels. Increasingly, solar and wind power are being harnessed to provide us with pollution-free energy, and that can only be for the good of God’s planet, earth.
Empowered with God’s Energy
When God by His Spirit gives us life (John 3:3-8) – that is life in Him – does He give us His energy for changing things – for making a difference? For if there is no difference in us and the things we do, then we do not have His Spirit. We are not energised by Him. We are not His ‘new creations’ (2 Corinthians 5:17) made in the likeness of His Son (1 John 3:2); but if we are empowered by His Spirit we have the ability to live as He would have us live. We have the power to walk in His Spirit and to overcome temptations. When energised by Him we can live holy lives (1 Peter 1:13-16). However there are times when we may lack energy, be tired and weak because of lack of sleep, illness or infirmity.
Then we may be sure satan will take advantage of the situation. He will try to bring us down, but ultimately he is no match for our all-powerful God (Revelation 19:6) who will not let us be overwhelmed by the adversary (Psalm 61:1-4). God is forever faithful, merciful and gracious (Exodus 34:6, 7) and He will uphold us (Psalm 71:6) when being tested; although perhaps we may be perplexed in our weakness, illness or infirmity.
We ask God for energy to sustain us (Psalm 41:3). When there is no apparent response we may feel the enemy attacking us. He wants to pull us down and sap from us any energy we may have left. He would take us to death if he were able, but only God has that power; for He gives life and He takes it away (Deuteronomy 32:39). Even on the day of judgment (Acts 2:20; 2 Peter 3:10) satan’s life will be changed; for God will cast him into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:10) where he will be tormented forevermore (Mark 9:43-48). By contrast, those in Christ will shine like the stars (Daniel 12:3) with eternal energy in the presence of **The Morning Star.
**The Morning Star