There’s a verse in the Bible that I think I can safely say, every Christian loves. I know this because we quote it all the time. It comes up a lot, especially when someone’s going through a difficult time or has a decision to make. In fact, we quote it at people all the time. (Don’t you love when someone quotes Scripture at you instead of to you?) What is this magic passage? Well, I’ll tell you. It’s actually two verses: Ephesians 3:20-21.
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, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever. Amen.
Great verse, right? God can do anything we ask Him to do. Now those are words I want to cling to, don’t you?
I want to focus on two parts of this passage today in our continuing discussion on dreams and plans. The first is this: God is a dreamer. You think your child comes up with some wild ideas? That’s nothing compared to what God comes up with! This verse tells us that no matter what we dream up, no matter how big or good or how many people we think it will help, God can make it bigger, better and more far-reaching than our minds even have the capacity to grasp. God is huge! His imagination eclipses ours by light years. I mean, have you seen some of the creatures living in the deepest oceans? (Go do a Google search for images of deep sea creatures…wow!! Or better yet, find a copy of Planet Earth.)
The second thing I get from this passage is that everything God does, everything He allows us to do, every idea He plants in our heads is for one purpose: His glory. Everything we do in His name points back to Him – the Dreamer of every dream. To HIM be the glory!
After pondering these two points for a while, I landed on another, far less cuddly truth: satan is a dreamkiller. He lives to discourage us, to preoccupy us and to distract us. And if none of those work, he’ll try to plant seeds of pride in our hearts. Whenever we feel God calling us to do something for Him, satan will try each of these tactics in an effort to keep us from fulfilling the destiny God intended for us before we were born – and to keep us from bringing glory to God.
So while we’re quick to quote Paul’s words that God is able to do more than we can ask or imagine, we need to be aware that satan is out there plotting ways to thwart us in our dreams. And while Ephesians tells us that we work in God’s power, that doesn’t mean we won’t occasionally fall into one of his traps. We need to constantly be reminded that it is God who plants the dream. It is God who provides the power to fulfill it. And it is God who deserves all the glory.
What is your dream? How do you want God to use you? Do you need encouragement to move ahead with a dream?