Faith; May 4, 2019


Ephesians 3:20-21 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.

Paul wrote one sentence from verse 14 through 19, and then one more for these last two verses, so it’s a bit difficult to pull out just one idea. That said, this is a glorious passage! In the first sentence he talks about how absolutely magnificent and powerful God is, and then in this second sentence he says that power is working in and through us. How good is that?! Our faith falters for one of two reasons: A, we don’t grasp just how great and powerful God is, or B, we don’t believe He cares enough to work on our behalf. Of course we also have to deal with our tendency to treat God like a celestial vending machine, wanting Him to crank out what we ask when we ask, and in our immaturity we don’t deal with the failures of that model very well. Hebrews 11 is a magnificent exposition of faith, starting with perhaps the only definition of faith in the whole Bible and then going through quite a list of people who exemplified faith. However, then it finishes up with a statement that really gives us pause. “These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect. (Hebrews 11:39-40) How do we reconcile this with Jesus’ famous promise, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8)? The thing is, God is the perfect Parent. He not only knows what is good for us, He knows when it is best for us to have it. Sometimes we ask for things that aren’t beneficial, but it never hurts to ask. Often, our time frame is badly skewed, and we want it NOW, instead of when it would be best. That’s where faith comes in. The longer we walk with God, the more we trust Him, the more we are able to leave such things in His hands, asking boldly and with assurance, but not presuming that we’ve got everything straight. When we do that, we discover the truth of what Paul has written here, and God is indeed glorified.

Well, this is timely! The devil is attacking me with all sorts of “what ifs,” and the answer is to rest, relax, and rejoice in God, as He has told me to do. Cathy has major surgery coming up in four days, and it has felt like I was coming down with a cold, which would greatly complicate things. However, last night we got 9 hours of sleep, which is rare indeed. I can’t say I feel perfectly healthy, but my feelings are nowhere near as reliable as God! Various other things in my life aren’t as I would like them to be at this point, but again, God is faithful, and He will use every detail for blessing, if I will release it to Him. (Romans 8:28)

Father, thank You for always knowing where I am, not just geographically but emotionally and spiritually as well. Your Godly Positioning System is the best! Help me indeed rest, relax, and rejoice in you, with full assurance that You will do better than I could have imagined, for my blessing and Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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