"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." Ephesians 3:20
When I seek God, sometimes I forget that His power can exceed my expectations. Today’s verse and the fifth chapter of Mark always reminds me that God is able to do so much more than we could ever ask or imagine.
The very best thing that the demoniac could have imagined or asked for would have been to be delivered, and when he was he begged Jesus for the opportunity to go with Him, Jesus did even more than he expected. Instead, Jesus sent him to “Go home to [his] own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for [him]”. More than deliverance, Jesus gave him a purpose and a call (Mark 5:19).
The best-case scenario that the chronically ill woman could have imagined when she reached out to touch the hem of Jesus’ garment was to be healed. When she reached out to Him, Jesus did even more than she expected! He stopped and gave the woman an opportunity to testify of her healing in the community. More than healing, Jesus gave her freedom and peace (Mark 5:34).
The best thing that Jairus and his wife have asked for is healing for their terminally-ill young daughter. When the report came that she had died, Jesus proved that He could do more than what we expect! He gave a few people the incredible the opportunity to witness the miracle of raising someone from the dead. More than a granting a cure, Jesus restored a young girl’s life (Mark 5:42).
When you seek God’s help, how do you expect Him to deliver?
Make an outrageous request! Take some time to imagine what God's intervention into your situation could result in. Then take time to ask Him for it. Rest in the truth that God's power exceeds our expectations. Share your story with your accountability partner! Don’t have one? You can request an online coach here.
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