Day 31: Immeasurably more
Do you like surprises? Occasionally, I get some nice ones, like someone else in the family filling and running the dishwasher or a bunch of flowers! Recently, God surprised me with an astonishing answer to prayer.
One of our children had dropped out of church and formal education. He was refusing to work at home, or even leave his room. I cried, cajoled, and nagged (a lot!). Eventually, when I felt absolutely powerless to change things in my own strength, I handed the whole situation over to God and stopped nagging.
One morning, I prayed, “Please Lord, just get him onto the next step, whatever that is.” And this is where God demonstrated the truth of these verses:
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
Sometimes, we can forget that God is able! He can do exceedingly, abundantly above all that we ask or think. In the Message version of the Bible, it says, “God can do anything, you know – far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams!”
God’s answer to our prayers was absolutely overwhelming and beyond anything we could have hoped for. Our son was offered a job with a local company without even having an interview. The position itself was exactly suited to his personality and interests and he could even work from home! He was also offered an A-level equivalent apprenticeship and to top it all, his new boss is a devout Christian committed to his salvation! We were astonished at God’s superabundant provision. It was indeed totally beyond anything we thought was even possible.
There are other areas of my life where God hasn’t answered yet. There are areas of pain and trial, areas where things haven’t changed for years, areas where it’s tempting to give up on the asking. However, when I remind myself of the truth of these verses, that God is able and that He can do far more that I even imagine, I am encouraged to keep on praying and believing.
Are there situations in your life where you have lost hope? Let’s pray and apply the truth of those verses from Ephesians to our lives:
Thank you that you are able to change our situation. Thank You that You can do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to Your magnificent power working in us and through us.
In Jesus Mighty Name, Amen.