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…
How big is the universe? We don’t know for sure, but the distance between earth and the edge of the observable universe is at least 46.5 billion light years. This means the universe is at least 93 billion light years wide. Within it is contained 200 billion to 2 trillion galaxies. Assuming there are 100 billion stars in every galaxy, there could be a billion-trillion stars flying apart right now, accelerating at ever greater speeds in our ever-expanding universe! We don’t know how it all began around 13.8 billion years ago. We still have absolutely no idea how it will end. But it’s all in a day’s work for God. He created its foundations, and is upholding it right now by His word of power (Hebrews 1:3,10). He set it in all motion, and he’s still running it now. Wow!
This same God lives in you and me! His power is within us, and is available to do far more than we can ever ask or think! Just thinking of the universe already boggles our finite brains… but the Bible tells us God is able to do greater than even our uttermost thoughts. In mathematics, anything beyond finite computation is infinity. God is beyond that! His power too. Why does Paul write in such extreme terms? “Now unto Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly beyond all we can ask or think…”? He wants us to go beyond paltry dreams, small mindsets. He wants us to connect with the God who is is bigger than the universe! And to let Him work Hid work through us!
You may think Paul wrote this at the height of his ministry and popularity. He didn’t. These words were penned while he was in prison, suffering (Ephesians 3:13). His body was in chains. But his heart and mind soared beyond his cell. He knew His God. Never for a bit did he doubt. God would still do exceedingly abundantly! Even if he did not survive prison. A few years later Paul was executed. Two thousand years later, do you see the results? A global church with two billion souls! This same power is at work in you!
Ps Dr Philip Lyn 医生牧师