“Now, unto Him, who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” –Ephesians 3:20-21
I recently had the opportunity to hear Priscilla Shirer speak. It was the highlight of my week I tell you! What a beautiful and courageous woman of God! I so admire her.
While we were speaking, I told her all about my ladies small group, how we were doing her Discerning the Voice of God study and how it was speaking to all of us differently. She was so glad to hear and asked about the ladies specifically, I was so encouraged. And so were they.
And that, was just the beginning.
She took to the stage and read a familiar scripture in Ephesians about how our God is able.
I have always loved the scripture- the thought of His great power in us and through us to do more than we can even think or imagine! Can you imagine how much our faith would grow if we really, really believed that?!?
What seems so impossible to you right now?
Is it a failing relationship? Friendship? Marriage?
A dead-end job?
Caring for an elderly and ailing parent?
Illness or sickness?
What is impossible to you, is not impossible for Him. Priscilla challenged us all that TODAY was the the day for your to connect God’s abilities towards your current circumstances. Connect His abilities with your inability.
Then, she started to break the scripture down…
So, first part: “NOW, unto Him…
That is so significant.
Now is the time. But, not only is there a time listed, NOW!, but there is a turning. Now, today in our current circumstances, we are to turn towards Him. Put down your baggage, lay it all down, and turn. Turn to Him.
That action of turning is also important. What you turn towards, what you focus on or give your attention to, that is what will grow and expand in your life. We need to be very careful that it is God and not our problems that we are so faithfully giving our time, energy, and rehearsal to. Those difficulties can be given so much power that they either minimize God OR God can minimize your difficulties.
Next part: Now, unto Him who is ABLE…
He is able to do it. It is truth. It does not change because our culture and society changes around us. He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He can do it. He is able.
Now, the question of whether or not He will do it… that is a question of His sovereignty, NOT a question of His divine abilities and capabilities. I could never recount all the times I have begged and even pleaded with Him to grant a certain request or honor my longing or provide something for me or another only to be met with an answer I didn’t expect.
Mom used to buy me little videos as a young girl from Nest Entertainment, stories on Bible heroes. Elijah was a particular family favorite. There is one line in the film where animated Elijah looks heavenward and says, “God, now I understand the wisdom of your timing.” That is a phrase that Mom has continued to remind me of thorughout adolescence and young adulthood.
Oh, that we would see the wisdom in His answers, His ways, and His timing. That we would just let Him be God.
Are you going to step aside and trust Him to be God?
Final part: Now, unto Him, who is able to do immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine…
Oh, I do love that part!
Don’t limit God’s abilities to what you ask. He will do infinitely more than we can even think, ask, or imagine. Don’t limit His possibilities for your life. Ask Him to reveal His will, His ways, for they are infinitely better and higher than our own.
He is God, and I am not and He is willing and able to do more than I can ask, think, or even imagine. He is able to do better than that. Better than! As in more than, more fantastic, more amazing, and more spectacular than anything you or I can conceive.
Would you let Him do that in your life? Don’t you want Him to do it? Don’t you need Him to?