I was struck while reading the first chapter of Ephesians this week with the verses found at the very end of the chapter. I know I have read them before, but as I stopped to mull them over afresh, I was amazed at the power of our God. Paul is telling the Ephesian believers how he prays for them and he comes to:
19 I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power 20 that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. 21 Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come. 22 God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church. 23 And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself.
Paul prays that they will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. Wow. I got hung up on that and couldn’t stop thinking about how powerful God is.
Our God rolls thunder across the sky to follow his lightning displays. He halts the seas on the shores and holds their tides in balance. He forms babies inside of mothers knitting with more bones, ligaments, muscles and organs than any jigsaw puzzle you could ever attempt. He paints streaks of color on the canvas of the sky each evening and each morning, ushering the day in and out. He brings the stars out each night one by one, and calls each one by its own name. He upholds the earth– if we were a smidgen closer to the sun, we would burn and if we were a tiny bit further away, we would be ice.
Paul goes on to remind us that God’s power raised Christ from the dead. Big. Mighty. Power.
Now go back to verse 19 and see that Paul is telling us that this Big Mighty Power is for us who believe him.
Hold up. So, you mean when I am in an hours-long war of the wills with my three year old, God’s power is available to me? When I need to share some encouragement with a friend dying of cancer, His power is there to help me? When my husband is on a business trip and I need to single-parent and I get the flu… God’s is ready to exert His power for me? When my health care cost is going up but the salary is not? When we have tried for years and still not gotten pregnant? When the adoption falls through? When the car gets totaled? When the doctor’s news is bad? When I’m just not sure what to do next?
Paul’s prayer is a good one. One worth memorizing and praying for yourself and everyone you know each day. Because if we truly “understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him”, all these other things look kinda small in comparison. Kinda possible to overcome. Kinda easier to deal with.
This post is part of a series 31 Days of Soul Coffee for Moms.