Summer 2024

Devotional of the Week -- Power Outage

St Louis Cardinals v San Francisco Giants - Game Six

“…power belongs to God…” Psalm 62:11

The 2012 St. Louis Cardinals baseball team exhibited unusual power. Five players: Carlos Beltran, Matt Holliday, Allen Craig, Yadier Molina and David Freese each hit 20 or more home runs. This had never happened in franchise history.

They made it to the postseason, winning the wild card playoff and division series. They were up 3 games to 1 in the National League Championship Series against the San Francisco Giants until San Francisco’s excellent pitching took over and St. Louis was outscored 20-1 in the last three games. They had a “power outage.”

Have you ever experienced a power outage? We did once, for 30 hours. A kerosene heater, camp stove and candles helped us through it. It made me appreciate the power when it came back on.

What if God had a power outage? How would it affect me?

In Romans 1:16, the Gospel displays the power of God for me to be saved. In I Corinthians 12:9, His power will rest upon me when I am weak. In II Timothy 1:7, the power of God is given to help me overcome my fears.

I still wake up fearful, imagining imminent “worst case” scenarios. Many times, I have been weakened from overwork, an injury or a virus. Yet the Word of God tells me that in spite of my fears and weaknesses, the power of God in me is always on.

This could be life-changing for me. How about you?

By Stanley Tucker

Stanley Tucker writes devotionals for Sports Spectrum magazine. Log in here to access our most recent Training Table. Subscribe here to receive 12 issues a year and a daily sports-related devotional.