Truth for the Journey: Beyond All That We Ask or Think

Early this morning, I awoke with a burden weighing on my mind.  I desperately need wisdom for a particular decision I must make regarding one of my children.  I rolled out of bed, and made my way to the living room to pray.  Everyone was sound asleep.

I brought my requests before the Lord.  I prayed through the options that lie before me.  I was assured God will show me what to do, for I have learned that when I need an answer, God will send it.  He always makes His will known when it is truly needed, and often no sooner.  God did not part the Red Sea until the Egyptians were at the Israelites’ heels, and they had nowhere to turn until the moment of God’s deliverance.  The Lord did what His people could not have imagined.

A couple hours later, one of our pastors read Ephesians 3: 20-21 during the church service:

“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever.  Amen.”

It grabbed my attention:  “. . . Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think . . .”  I have done a lot of asking and thinking about the decision I must make, yet God is able to do abundantly more than I have requested or imagined.  The reality that this child is ultimately not mine became especially clear; this child belongs to the Lord–his strengths and weaknesses, skills and desires, personality and intellect, past and future, and body and soul. God will work His perfect plan for my child, and it will be by the Lord’s power and to God’s glory.  God will use my child’s life to glorify Himself–in the church and in His Son–for the next generation and beyond.  It is He who wills and works for His good pleasure.  In that I will rest with confidence.

We all have heavy burdens for ourselves and those we love.  We ask, and we think.  But, do we rest, believing He is able to take care of them all?

He is able.

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