immeasurably-more

Immeasurably More

“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.” Ephesians 3:20-21 (NIV)

There is a story told by a woman who was grocery shopping with her preschooler.  She said, “My little boy asked, ‘Mama, can we buy a cantaloupe?’   He was gazing longingly over the beautiful fruit display in the grocery store.  His innocent question turned like a knife in me.  A fruit we all enjoyed seemed the utmost luxury in light of our meager checkbook balance.  I had carefully made the grocery list to fit the money we had until the end of the month.  Cantaloupe wasn’t part of the plan.  But I did notice that two of the items I had intended to buy were on sale, and the savings happened to equal the cost of a cantaloupe.  I sighed, and said, ‘I guess we have enough.’  ‘Oh, Mama,’ my son cheered, ‘enough is a lot!’”

Not only does God often provide “immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine,” it’s His nature to do so.

Provision is a wonderful thing to experience in life.  Enough certainly is a lot.  In fact, many a smile is generated by simply remembering that, by definition, we never need more than enough.  However, a unique thing about the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is that he often provides “immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20 MSG).

Abraham and Sarah could not imagine having a child in their old age, but God provided immeasurably more than they imagined in Isaac.  The Israelites could not imagine crossing the Red Sea and escaping the Egyptians, but God provided immeasurably more than they imagined in their escape route through parted waters.  The woman caught in adultery likely could not imagine escaping punishment, yet God provided immeasurably more than she imagined in the complete forgiveness offered by Jesus Christ.   The beggar at the temple gate sought money from Peter and John, yet God provided immeasurably more than the man imagined in the form of his physical healing.

These Scriptural snapshots, among many others we could view, provide strong evidence that not only does God often provide “immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine,” it’s His nature to do so.  David so beautifully captures this aspect of God’s nature when he says, with such simple elegance, “My cup overflows” (Psalm 23:5)

 It’s like God to not only fill our cup, but to overflow it.  It’s His nature to give us immeasurably more than enough peace in distress, immeasurably more than enough strength in trial, immeasurably more than enough trust in danger, immeasurably more than enough faith to believe, immeasurably more than enough joy in adversity…in general, immeasurably more than enough provision for our need.  This, in spite of the fact that all we really need is enough, because enough is a lot!

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Thanking God, Thanking You!

One of the amazing privileges of being part of the FCS community is witnessing God work miracle after miracle of provision to empower our ministry.  We are deeply grateful to God, Jehovah Jireh, the God who supplies, for His faithfulness.  He has equipped us to assist the Spirit-driven process of Christ being formed in people’s lives.  He has equipped us to support the church in fulfilling its calling to be the primary provider of soul care in the community.  And He has moved the hearts of our generous donors to provide the financial resources necessary to make our services available and accessible to those who ordinarily would not be able to receive counseling services.  We are “immeasurably more” than thankful to God and to the donors whom He has called to empower this ministry!


About the author:

Marty Goehring, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and an ordained Cumberland Presbyterian Minister. He is the Director of Formation Counseling Services, an Associate Pastor of Heights Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and an Adjunct Professor at Richmont Graduate University. The three life-long missions that Dr. Goehring pursues with passion are to assist the Spirit-driven process that forms Christ in people’s lives, to support the church in fulfilling its calling to be the primary provider of soul care in the community, and to inspire the church to mobilize its resources for the sake of spreading the gospel wide and taking it deep.