Summary: God’s kindness for His people transcends their wildest dreams! What He is willing to give they don’t even contemplate to ask from Him.

“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” (Eph. 3:20).

Do we really know what the Almighty God can do for us?

Are we aware how much favor He wants to give? If we have any idea of the great things He can shower on us, the passage said that He “is able to do IMMEASURABLY MORE THAN ALL we ask or imagine”!!

God’s kindness for His people transcends their wildest dreams! What He is willing to give they don’t even contemplate to ask from Him.

Just consider what happened to David, who became king of Israel. He was just an ordinary shepherd and never thought of what great things God would do to him.

God told the prophet Nathan:

"Now then, tell my servant David, `This is what the LORD Almighty says: I took you from the pasture and from following the flock to be ruler over my people Israel. I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have cut off all your enemies from before you. Now I will make your name great, like the names of the greatest men of the earth. And I will provide a place for my people Israel and will plant them so that they can have a home of their own and no longer be disturbed. Wicked people will not oppress them anymore, as they did at the beginning and have done ever since the time I appointed leaders over my people Israel. I will also give you rest from all your enemies. The LORD declares to you that the LORD himself will establish a house for you: When your days are over and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body, and I will establish his kingdom… Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever’" (2 Sam. 7:8-16, NIV).

After the prophet related the Words of God to king David, the king prayed:

“… Who am I, O Sovereign LORD, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? And as if this were not enough in your sight, O Sovereign LORD, you have also spoken about the future of the house of your servant. Is this your usual way of dealing with man, O Sovereign LORD? What more can David say to you? For you know your servant, O Sovereign LORD. For the sake of your word and according to your will, you have done this great thing and made it known to your servant” (2 Sam 7:18-21, NIV).

God was able to take David “from the pasture” to become a great ruler.

Of course, He is Sovereignly able to do many things for us as well.

He is able to save or protect. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego said to king Nebuchadnezzar, “If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is ABLE TO SAVE us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king” (Dan. 3:17, NIV; please also see Dan. 6:19-23).

He is able to heal. There are many cases of healing performed by Jesus, the Son of God, while He was on earth. One of them is recorded in Matt 9:27-29, “As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, ‘Have mercy on us, Son of David!’ When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, ‘Do you believe that I am ABLE TO DO THIS?’ ‘Yes, Lord,’ they replied. Then he touched their eyes and said, ‘According to your faith will it be done to you’; and their sight was restored. Jesus warned them sternly, ‘See that no one knows about this’” (NIV).

He is able to bless exceedingly to enable one to become a blessing to others. Speaking to those who gave cheerfully, Paul wrote: “And God is ABLE TO MAKE ALL GRACE ABOUND to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work” (2 Cor. 9:8, NIV).

He is able to help those who are tempted. We read in Heb. 2:17-18, “For this reason he (Jesus) had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is ABLE TO HELP THOSE WHO ARE BEING TEMPTED” (NIV).

He is able to deal gently with the weak. Referring to the Son of God, the writer of Hebrews declared, “He is ABLE TO DEAL GENTLY with those who are ignorant and are going astray, since he himself is subject to weakness” (Heb. 5:2, NIV).

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Maria Ross

commented on Sep 26, 2006

Praise God, Your sermon was excellent!

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