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God Is Able To Do Far More Than We Think

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Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that 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 ESV)


Over the past few days we’ve been studying Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians. In it he prayed some pretty amazing things. Things that are so amazing that it might be difficult for the Ephesians or us to believe they are possible. So Paul offers up a doxology in which is reminds us that God is able to do anything – even more than we could “ask or think”.

A doxology is a statement that mentions awesome characteristics of God for the purpose of ascribing glory to Him. It comes from two Greek words: δοξα (pronounced: dox’-ah) meaning “glory” and λόγιον (pronounced: log’-ee-on) meaning “saying”.

Paul had prayed that his readers would be filled with the fullness of God. That is an amazing concept and one that is both hard to comprehend and explain. But nevertheless, God “is able” to do it. How He does it we don’t know. But God can do “far more abundantly” than we can imagine.

I think this is pretty cool. But there are many people who reject God because they don’t understand Him. They claim Christians believe in fairy tales because we cannot explain God. But there are at least a couple of things wrong with this argument.

First, we need to keep in mind that we are a creation. Therefore, we have limited capacity to understand our Creator. Second, there are plenty of every-day instances where we are fascinated with things we don’t understand.

How many people understand how a computer works? Unless you work in the technology field, specifically as a hardware engineer, you don’t know how it works. Yet people are amazed at their smartphones and tablets and rely them constantly throughout the day. Unless you are an aerospace engineer you probably can’t explain how an airplane, weighing in excess of 100 tons, can fly. But it does. And millions of people trust one with their lives everyday.

Likewise, we don’t need to understand everything about God to be fascinated by Him or to trust Him. Sometimes it nice to just enjoy life without being concerned with all the details. This is very true when it comes to God. As we’ve studied in the Bible, God does reveal much truth about Himself to us. But He doesn’t reveal everything and even some things He does reveal we can’t understand. Sometimes we just have to sit back, trust Him, and enjoy the experience [Psalm 46:10].

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