Do not place your trust in your own abilities, but in God's.
As the war between the Empire and the Rebellion wages on, each side has had to develop their own weapons and strategies. For the Empire, that means creating the Death Star. It is a space station the size of a moon, and it has the power to destroy entire planets. The commanders of the Death Star are quite pleased with themselves, and look forward to using it to display their might.
Control, Scientific Materialism, Trust, Faith, Boasting
A group of Imperial commanders sit at their meeting table, discussing their ability to fight the rebel alliance while the Death Star is under it’s last days of construction. However, they are quickly cut off by the entrance of Darth Vader and Governor Tarkin. Governor Tarkin explains to the group that there has been a shakeup in the government, and that local governors are now free to use the power of fear to keep their people in line. Specifically, he mentions, “fear of this battle station.” But one leader, General Tagge, isn’t convinced. If the rebels have the layout to the Death Star, he reasons, they could find a weakness. But Vader reassures him, saying that they will have the plans back in their possession soon. At this, Admiral Motti jumps in. “Any attack made by the Rebels against this station would be a useless gesture, no matter what technical data they have obtained,” he explains, “This station is now the ultimate power in the universe! I suggest we use it.” Motti turns to the Governor, looking for support, but Darth Vader is quick to put Admiral Motti in his place. “Don’t be too proud of this technological terror you’ve constructed,” he reminds the admiral, “The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force.” However, Motti stands firm in his skepticism. “Don’t try to frighten us with your sorcerer’s ways, Lord Vader,” he sneers, “Your sad devotion to that ancient religion has not helped you conjure up the stolen data tapes, or given you clairvoyance enough to find the Rebels’ hidden fort-…” He tries to continue, but is unable to speak. Admiral Motti looks to be choking, though no one is touching him. It is Darth Vader, using the power that Motti just decried, sealing the air passages of his throat. The rest of the table looks on in concern, some reaching to their own throats in sympathy, though none of them speak. “I find your lack of faith disturbing,” jeers Darth Vader. Soon, though, Governor Tarkin grows tired of their bickering, and commands Vader to release the admiral.
Even though the characters in this scene are all a part of the evil Empire, we can glean some wisdom from their conversations. For example- while Admiral Motti has full confidence in the technical and physical power of the battle station they’ve built, Darth Vader knows that there is more to their world than the physical. He knows that putting all of your faith in your own abilities is dangerous if you don’t take into account the Force. While we know that the Force doesn’t exist in our world, humanity has long fallen into the trap of thinking that they have full control of everything in their lives. In particular, we think that through science and technology we can do all things. Proverbs 16:9 illustrates this well, saying, “The heart of a man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” And later, in chapter 19:21, it tells us, “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” James 4:13-16 discusses this too, saying, “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit’- yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, well will live and do this or that.’ As it is, you boast in your arrogance.” The message is clear; we can plan all we want, but ultimately, God is the one who is in control. Though we may work and work to dictate exactly how our lives should go, there is no telling how things will work out. And this is a wonderful thing. If we have a right picture of who God is, we should rejoice in the idea of Him having full control. Ephesians 3:20 tells us that He is able to do far more than anything we could ask or think. God is such a good God. He is merciful, kind, loving, and forgiving (Psalm 103:8-12). He knows us intimately, and wants what is best for us (Romans 8:28). So even though it is tempting to try to gain total control over our own lives, know that it is ultimately impossible. God is so much greater than anything we could imagine, and He knows how to take care of His children. Trust in Him, not in yourself, and you will ultimately find joy and peace in Him.
Boast, Boasting, Faith, Belief, Trust, Scientific Materialism, Technology, Control,
Slight violence (One character is magically choked by another)