To Him Who Is Able
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, (Ephesians 3:20) -
This verse keeps showing up lately. A morning devotional before a day worth of doubts set in, it was there. In a writing group workshop, someone quoted it from a different translation. Lately, God has been showing me, reminding me of how He alone rescues.
The Lord gives tender treatment. The enemy of our soul gives demanding accusations. The Lord reminds us over and over of the right thing to do. It comes to our mind when we pray or when we are looking for the right decision.
The enemy offers our mind a loud cacophony of differing opinions, questioning of motives, and doubts about where our help really comes from. Some of us (me) like to seek too many gurus, too many opinions. This is not the first time I’ve felt like God was showing me my mistake in doing this. We can get stuck trying to implement all the advice into our lives.
When we think about whatever decision is needing to be made how different it looks up against the light of God actually being the one who is accomplishing it. When He asks me to wait, He isn’t saying sit still and do nothing. He is actually telling me to engage in an inner surrender to Him and to pay attention! Spiritual work is far from passive.
Now to Him who is able … If I feel unable the world is quick to name a price to make me able. But God tells me He is able and if I trust Him wouldn’t it be foolish to seek out everyone else’s opinion, including my own? Where is the quiet grace of fearing God- fear of offending or displeasing, fear of neglecting Him in favor of other people and things? The greatest fear if we love God is to be lost in the darkness with His Presence unable to be seen or felt because we have pushed it away so often.
to do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine.. Much in my life has turned out better than I could have ever planned it. I’m not living a life I dreamed up, actually, most of my dreams never came to fruition. I could have never conceived the ways that my life would work out and fall apart in just the right places to build me, teach me, or show me God’s deep love for me.
according to His power that is at work within us. Even in our surrender, God surprises us. He doesn’t take advantage of us when we give Him control. He works the same power that raised Jesus Christ from the grave into us.
He helps. He gives me rest. He heals. Most of all He loves.