Immeasurably More
Wednesday, April 7, 2010

 

"Now to Him who is able to do immeasurable more than all we ask or imagine,  according to His power which is at work in us.” (Eph. 3:20)

                A life verse is a verse that is always on the tip of your tongue that guides and directs you as you walk down the crooked and thorny pathways of life.  It is a gentle reminder of God at work in you and around you.  Of all Scripture, your life verse is most descriptive of your understanding and relationship to God.  And most people have a life verse, whether they know it or not.  For many it is a piece of the 23rd Psalm, or the Lord’s Prayer.  For others, it may be a hidden and obscure passage, which illuminated your life in a particularly hard time.  For many, life verses change as understanding and circumstances move you closer to God.  But whatever, this verse is very important to each of us.

                My verse is above.  When I am faced with trials, “God is able to do immeasurably more than all I can ever ask or imagine.”  When deep and profound sadness creeps into my life, “God is able to do immeasurably more than all I can ever ask or imagine.”  When blessings abound, “God is able to do immeasurably more than all I can ever ask or imagine.”  And when temptation is camped at my doorstep, “God is able to do immeasurably more that all I can ever ask or imagine.”  You get the picture, God is there in all things in my life, but in immeasurably more quantity that I could ever ask or imagine.

                You see, each of us swims daily in the blessings of God.  We seldom even know how much that statement is true.  We walk in His presence every step of every day whether we realize it or not.  People grow up in pagan homes, homes of apostate religions, or uncaring homes and yet their lives seem to have overcome.  That wasn’t an act of pulling oneself up by the bootstraps; it was swimming in the blessings of God.  If you have overcome the desire to cheat on your spouse, your taxes, your business, or business of others, that is because God has answered your prayer, “lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”  If your life has escaped the debilitation effects of drugs, alcohol, or other addictive substances or circumstances, it is because God is at work in your life doing immeasurably more than all you have asked or imagined.

                I ask for healing, but God gives me rest in my illness to stop and think more about Him, because He is giving me more than I can ask or imagine.  I ask for financial relief, but He teaches me how to live more abundantly in Him.  I ask for safety for my family, but He uses their circumstances to bring them closer to Himself.  I ask for forgiveness and He shows me the cross.  I ask for peace, and He shows me those who are at war with Him.  He is always at work doing immeasurable more than all I can ever ask or imagine.

                Maybe you think I am over spiritualizing my life, but you see if you think that for one minute, then you are missing the grace that comes by faith.  If you look to the world to solve your problems because you are practical, then you are missing an eternal relationship that God is yearning to have with you.  If you look at all the circumstances around you and the world in which you live and point to the absence of God, then you surely don’t see all which would have befallen the world if His constraining hand had not been there.  God is at work every moment immeasurably more than we could ever ask or imagine.

                Let me close with a story that has brought this discussion on.  I have been praying daily for my house to sell.  It has been on the market since last October.  We really want it to sell.  Yesterday, as I left the house, the “for sale” sign had blown over, reminding me of the unanswered prayer.  Driving down the road, I received a phone call from a business associate and dear friend.  His wife died last August and I had the privilege of doing her funeral.  Two months later, he discovered that he had Lou Gehrig’s disease.  We were having a conversation about an upcoming business meeting, and near the end of the conversation he said, “After the meeting, we need to take about an hour to plan for my funeral.”  And I thought, “I am worried about my home selling?”  God is doing so much in my life, and He gave me just a gentle reminder that He is at work in my present circumstance.  And do you know the ironic thing about this story, my friend counts himself blessed that he has a friend to discuss God with, and believes it is because God is at work in him, doing immeasurably more than all he can ever ask or imagine. 

                When we can see God through his eyes, we will be blessed beyond all we can ever ask or imagine.

 


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