|Do you ever run into challenges that are just too big for you?
When I was younger, I thought there was little I couldn’t tackle, but the older I get, the more I recognize there’s so much that’s beyond my ability and even beyond my imagination.
No matter how old or how young you are, there are situations in all our lives that are simply too much for us…
• A relationship that’s gone sideways.
• A medical diagnosis or prognosis that isn’t good.
• A physical or emotional pain that seems like it will never heal.
• A financial hole that keeps getting deeper.
• An unexpected career change.
• A loved one who is far from the Lord.
And, of course, there is… So. Much. More.
The Holy Spirit inspired the Apostle Paul to write the following words to a church full of people who faced all kinds of such oversized challenges: “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, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever!” (Ephesians 3:20)
So, to the “So. Much. More.” in our lives, the response we find here is that: He. Is. Able!
However, there are moments when we can’t imagine how God could possibly work in our situation, or we can’t bring ourselves to ask for help in a situation, or, if we’re honest, we secretly wonder if the situation that’s a massive deal to us is even a blip on God’s radar.
The Ephesian believers must have struggled with these same kinds of very normal human questions — “Does God care? Is God big enough? Will God work in, for, or through me?” That’s why, before Paul wrote about a God who is able, he prophetically prayed for the Ephesians to embrace a God who is loving — a God who does care — and it’s the same prayer I’m praying over you today:
“I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge — that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:16-19)
He. Is. Loving.
He. Is. Able.
Pastor Tim Clark