There’s that famous line from the Spiderman movie: “With great power, comes great responsibility.” I wonder, is that true of God’s power as well? Specifically, when we have His power? The same power that raised Jesus from the dead is available to us who follow Him today (Romans 8:11). While those of us in America often downplay (or flat out ignore) this, the reality is that this is no small matter. But how should this look? God once healed people and cast out demons through handkerchiefs and aprons that had simply touched the Apostle Paul (Acts 19:12).
Or remember that God asks Moses what was in his hand. Eventually, his staff would be used in all matter of miracles. Moses received a tangible item infused with God’s power. So much so, that Moses even had the ability to use this item—equipped with God’s power—for something against God’s will! The second time Moses needs to get water out of a rock he is told to speak to the rock in order to make it happen. Instead, he strikes the rock with his staff as he had previously done (Numbers 20:11-12). Despite being different than what God instructed, it works. Think on that for a second. God allowed Moses to use his God-powered staff to disobey God. The staff didn’t only work when Moses followed instructions. It worked when it was in Moses’ hand.