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March 29, 2024 | Daily Devotionals | March 29

You Shall Receive Power

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.  Acts 1:8


One particular stretch of the Colorado River fascinated Arthur Davis. Near the southern tip of Nevada, the river entered a surreal gorge known as Black Canyon. The walls of this canyon towered higher than any skyscraper Arthur had ever seen, and the river’s rage seemed to burn furiously through its twisting, tortuous passes. After several years of planning and preparation, including the construction of diversion tunnels by cutting through bedrock in Black Canyon, the first buckets of mixed concrete were poured into the largest mold in the history of mankind on June 1, 1933. The last of the concrete was poured in 1935, two years ahead of schedule and the concept and dream of Arthur Davis was completed.


Isn’t it interesting that all of this took place at the time of the Great Depression? None of this would have happened if there were not a means and need to employ 21,000 people who were responsible for the dam’s conception, construction, and completion—including the nearly 100 people who died making it. 


Funny how things come together; some think it’s fate, others know it is because of the love of the great Creator. Just as it is laughable to imagine a feat such as Hoover Dam simply falling into place all by itself, so Creation is not some scattershot formula with no meaning and purpose. The same God who gave the ingenuity to those who built the Hoover Dam is the same One who created the mighty Colorado River in the first place. 


This great feat that helps feed and nourish millions of people in the Southwest is a drop in the bucket compared to the power within each of us who have the mind of Christ supplied by the Creator who loves us perfectly. His desire is to build you and I like Hoover Dam, strengthening our character, and trusting in the power of the Holy Spirit. As a result, we can turn a desert into an oasis of love for Him, His children, and all those in our blast zone.


Father, the same power that raised Jesus from the grave lives within me. Thank You!

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