So being that this is my first ever blog post, I figured it would be appropriate to share with you one of my all time favorite scripture verses.
Here’s a question though…have you ever seen God “show off” in your life? You know, like those moments when there’s absolutely no worldly explanation for what just happened to you other than God stepping in and doing something only He can? Maybe for you that was a promotion that came seemingly out of the woodworks. Perhaps it was a blessing in the form of a home, car, or relationship. Maybe it was the restoration of a friendship that has been damaged for years, or the panning out of a dream that you’ve been pursuing for ages. Whatever the case, I see these moments as none other than God “showing off”, and showing us his ability to do things for us that we can’t do for ourselves.
Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” (NKJV). The key words here are “exceedingly and abundantly”. The apostle Paul’s description of God here is momentous. I especially love it because I am of the belief that God’s modus operandi is to do exactly that- “exceedingly and abundantly above”. I like to think that God enjoys “showing off” to his children.
The problem for some of us, I think, is that we get caught up in the day to day. We’re caught in the cycle, the rhythm and flow of everyday life. We are people of routines, and eventually our hopes and dreams (and if we can be honest our prayers) are reduced to situate the routine and the mundane. Ultimately, “exceedingly and abundantly” sounds more like a fantasy than a possibility for our present reality. For others, the idea of God doing “big things” in ones life is just hard to believe. In the end we live monotonous lives, not expecting much from the one we call our Heavenly Father.
Honestly, we’re selling ourselves short. God created the cosmos. He spoke the galaxies into existence. He created man from dust. His brilliancy is evident in a blade of grass as much as it is in the expansive and overwhelming nature of the Grand Canyon.
God’s not threatened by our situations. He isn’t intimidated by the size of our dreams. He’s not stressed, worried, or shaken up by what we regard as stressful or nerve wracking in our lives. If He was, He’d cease to be God. His very nature is to do “exceedingly and abundantly above”; and quite frankly, I don’t find it wrong to expect that from Him. I believe that to think anything less is to not fully recognize God for who He is.
I don’t know what you’re going through in life. I don’t know what dreams you have, what battles your fighting, or what mountain you’re facing.
I do, however, know that God is in the business of “showing off”. He’s in the business of doing exceedingly and abundantly more – so whatever your situation is – believe, and expect that.