Ask or Think

“ Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think according to the power at work in us, Unto Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen.”
 
When I hear those words, they are normally spoken as a benediction, a benediction I have heard repeated so often that the words have begun to lose some of their meaning and power.  I think sometimes I do not comprehend them as doctrine to be studied or truth to be laid hold of but merely as nice familiar phrases to close out a gathering or event.  Can our familiarity with certain scriptures cause us to gloss over the meaning and the message become diluted and ineffective?  Maybe.  If such a thing were possible, these couple of verses certainly are on the short list for me, due to overuse.
 
He is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think.  

Wow.  I wonder sometimes about the order of the statement ask or think.  Why ask first, why not think first?  Do we ask without thinking sometimes? Or does it mean His ways are so far above and His plan is so much more intricate and perfect than we can even imagine or think?  Probably.  God’s mighty power is at work in us to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.  

His mighty power can be very quiet, like His still small voice.  We make the mistake sometimes of not recognizing power in the way that God works.  Much like the Israelites who wanted a powerful king to overthrow the Romans, we can be guilty of wanting to see God’s power displayed for all to see.  Much like the disciples who wanted to call fire down to destroy an unbelieving village (Luke 9:54),  we want a God of action.  Make no mistake about it, God is at work in the world reconciling the world to himself through Jesus.  He just happens to be using you and me and it might just take a lifetime for that relationship you are cultivating to bear fruit.  Let’s not stop asking and thinking, and understanding that His power will accomplish infinitely more than we can imagine.

by Fred Meserall
Fred and his wife Susan began attending Kingsway in June of 2014. They found Kingsway to be a place of refreshment and healing after their previous church experience. Fred is passionate about pursuing God, family, and lifegroups (including his current group which has been meeting continuously for 16 years). Fred and Susan absolutely love the fact that they, their two daughters and their husbands, and grandchildren all attend church together. Fred is a non-recovering “aquaholic” who enjoys spending as much time as possible at the beach, communing with God, working on his videoblog (aptly titled “Still at the Beach”), and all things surf and family.