Scripture Reading: Ephesians 3:20-21
“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20,21)
A benediction is a good word. We often use a benediction at the close of a worship service. Benedictions are used as a means to praise God and to bless His people. Paul, however, stopped his train of thought in this letter to give a benediction. He was overwhelmed with God’s great love. It is as if Paul could not contain himself. He had to write words of praise!
Look at what Paul wrote, “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all we ask or think!” We are so limited in our understanding of God. No matter what we face, God is able to do far more abundantly than all we ask or think. His power exceeds our ability to understand. He is able to do far more than anything we could ever ask of Him. But it goes beyond this. Whatever are our greatest thoughts, He is able to do abundantly more. The most difficult requests we have are not out of His reach. His power exceeds our greatest expectations.
But read on, “according to the power at work within us.” He works this great power within us. This is why Paul could write, “I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). There is so much that we cannot do in our own strength; but God’s power is at work within us. His power strengthens us in our weakness. We can do far more than we think we can. We can endure far more than we can imagine, because it is God’s power that is at work in us — “For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13).
The problem is that our vision is so limited and our faith is so weak. Look at God and see His great power. Remember that He can do far more abundantly than all we ask or think!
Lord Jesus, when I feel weak and desperate, may I be reminded that I can do all things through You who strengthen me. Your immense power is at work within me. You are able to do far more abundantly than anything I could ask or even think! Let me join the Apostle Paul in saying, “To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
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