14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family[a]in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
So, to our bible reading this week. You will know this reading well as it was the passage we used as we considered Vision and Commitment Sunday in January of this year. We spent a month looking at the ‘Immeasurably More’ of God and talked about how we would seek to experience it more deeply over the coming year. We talked about grasping the width and length and height and depth of God’s love for us as we were rooted and established in that love. We talked about being filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
And we recognised once again that God is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.
We talked, we considered, we recognised and we were planning to seek to discover more in a NORMAL YEAR!
-This has not been a normal year.
-Nothing this year has been what we had thought it would be.
-Few, if any, of our expectations for this year have been met.
-We have been shaken to the core by what we have seen, heard and experienced.
SURELY we cannot still be expected to seek the immeasurably more of God when actually we are just trying to get through each day?
SURELY we aren’t expected to go deeper and further into knowing and understanding God’s love for us when we are struggling to believe he’s in control at the moment?
SURELY we can’t be expected to find ourselves lost in wonder, love and praise in worship to God when we feel like life isn’t what it should be and maybe that God has let us down in this?
The answer to all of those is yes. Yes we can. Yes we are.
The fact is that the God we serve is still God even in these times. The God we love is still worthy of every bit of worship and praise that we can bring him. The God we follow is still asking us to follow him right now and to grow and deepen our faith.
We are all finding it quite easy, I think, to come before God in petition. We are praying every day for those we love who are so needing God’s presence and healing and comfort and peace at the moment but actually, we do still need to be coming before him on our knees acknowledging his greatness.
There are lots of reasons, actually but today I want to give just two.
The first I have already alluded to. The fact is that whilst our circumstances may have changed at the moment, God hasn’t God never changes. He is always worthy of our praise and worship and adoration.
The second is that it helps us enormously to worship him because as we turn our attention to him, to his love, his strength, and his power so our own situations are put into perspective. “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in his wonderful face and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of his glory and grace.” That’s not to say that our problems disappear. They don’t. Life is still tough. People are still sick and dying.
I read a lovely quote this week that says, “Worship gets you through the hardest times in your life because it shifts your focus from the problem to the problem solver”.
Who is this problem solver?
He is “him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us”!!!
Praying that you are able to focus this week on our wonderful, powerful, awesome God!
The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord turn his face towards you and give you peace. (Numbers 6:24-26)
Love and prayers,