“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, for ever and ever! Amen.”
We so often here the cliché’ ‘God is in control’ when people are making a reference to a difficult circumstance or season they may be walking through. This statement is certainly true if they have yielded to the Lord’s wisdom, guidance, and counsel during that time, however, simply claiming that He is in control can be somewhat limiting His work in one’s life. The Apostle Paul describes in Ephesians 3:20, that God “is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.’
God is in control of the entire universe, but He is also actively ‘able’ (abundantly having the power needed to accomplish anything) in His personal relationship with each one of us beyond what we could ever ask or imagine as we choose to invite Him directly to be a part of our daily, hourly, and momentary circumstances. This promise of God’s ability to not only be ‘in control,’ but ‘able’ to provide for our deepest needs, is according to His great power which is at work within us by His Spirit, and gives us a great sense of hope in present difficult circumstances, seasons of pain or tragedy, as well as for the healing journey ahead.
What a blessing it becomes when we see God move, even in small ways, because in the midst of difficult times, those ‘small ways’ appear to us as mountains our Lord has moved for us, therefore, we thank and praise Him. Paul understood the importance of cultivating a ‘heart of gratitude’ as he wrote, ‘to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” Let us move forward, praying with a new boldness that God is ‘able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,’ remembering that He will always do what’s best for us and what is in agreement with His will for our lives. However, when we see Him move, let us praise Him with a heart of gratitude for what He has done, because the power with which He moves on our behalf is the same power He used to raise Jesus from the grave. Therefore, regardless of the difficulty or duration of your trial, know with assurance that God is able and in control as You invite Him into your circumstances.
Connecting Faith & Life:
Father, thank You for being the One who is in control of our lives, and is able to do so very much more than we could ever ask or imagine in and through our lives. Your ability to work in our lives by and through the power of Your Spirit within us is directly in proportion to our willingness to pray and invite You directly into our circumstances, as well as our desire to surrender ever area of our lives to You. May we be willing to draw near to You with hearts of humility and gratitude, allowing You to have Your way in our lives, knowing You are willing, able, and in control as You desire to work in and through our lives for Your glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen.