The ferocious energy of exploding atoms can level the landscape or light the cities. A pulsating neutron star emits thousands of times more energy than our sun every second. The universe is burning energy at rates we cannot calculate as it hurtles out in every direction.

The Lord created and controls this measureless power plant through his priesthood. With such resources at his command, no wonder the visiting angels asked Abraham, "Is any thing too hard for the Lord?" (Genesis 18:14).

(Hint: The answer is no.)

But sometimes things seem too hard for us. We may feel overwhelmed, stressed out, overburdened and even helpless as we face the tasks before us.

The answer to our weakness is to tap into the inexhaustible power of the Lord. He has promised us we are welcome to do so. The energy outlets are waiting for us. But it is up to us to plug into them.

That plugging in process involves commitment. Once we truly commit to the Lord to do his will at all costs, we throw the switches that send his power surging to us. He, of course, does not immediately empower us with his omnipotence, for we are still weak vessels and might misuse unlimited power. You don't let babies and children fly jet planes. Neither would it be wise for us to have the power to remove all resistance from our way. Then how would we grow?

So God, who is omniscient as well as omnipotent, wisely meters the power to us sufficient for our needs and our ability to use it. As we grow in self-control and as our requirements expand, he increases the amount of power entrusted to us.

But we must keep our commitments and honor our covenants, or like a faulty electrical connection we will decrease our ability to receive the power of the Lord.


Duane E. Hiatt is the former director of communications for the Division of Continuing Education at Brigham Young University. He has been a writer of "The Spoken Word" for broadcasts of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, is the author of the book "Overcoming Personal Loss" and composer of the Primary song "Follow the Prophet."