Power Outage (Romans 3:23-24)

It was only 645 AM but my workload was already quite heavy. I shuffled through my cases, organizing them by urgency and proceeded to look at the first case under my microscope. Without warning, the light flickered off immediately followed by all of the electronic equipment in my office. Power outage!

Our entire laboratory, like the majority of businesses, is dependent upon electricity. From accessing and creating our diagnostic reports to reviewing the microscope slides with a microscope, nothing can be done without an electric current. I quickly looked outside at the neighboring offices and saw our entire complex was down, but for how long? Within five minutes, power was restored and I breathed a huge sigh of relief. I was able to complete about five additional cases and communicate an urgent malignant diagnosis to one of my physician colleagues when the power failed,,,again! This was NOT good. This time, I sat around checking and answering text messages and emails on my smart phone from my clients for thirty minutes. Several years ago, our power was out for over four hours, completely ruining the workday. I texted my staff who were due to arrive in a few minutes, alerting them of the situation. Fortunately, after forty five minutes, the power was restored for good. 

The most frustrating aspect of a power outage, besides the inability to work, is the complete uncertainty when power will be restored. Receiving an email message from the power company informing us that our power is out is truly not helpful unless an estimated time when it will be restored can also be given. Don’t tell us the bad news we already know unless you are willing to give us the solution!

For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. 

Romans 3:23 (NLT)

If God only gave me the message in Romans 3:23, I would be without hope and completely discouraged. What hope is there for me and all of God’s Creation? It would be like the power company telling me the power is out, leaving me without any hope or means to correct my forlorn state. Thanks be to God that He provides the eternal and final solution in the very next verse!

Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.

Romans 3:24 (NLT)

God is very clear that if we are left to our own will and actions, we are lost sinners, eternally separated from God. But God never leaves us in the dark! He took the initiative to send His only Son, Jesus Christ, to die for my sins. Three days later, God resurrected Him from the dead, forever conquering death and proving that all who confess and repent of their sins and place their trust in Him will have eternal life and salvation through faith in His Name!

Only God can guarantee a solution for the power outages of our lives. He sealed the promise with the blood of His only Son. 

Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.

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