How’d He Do That?
Feats of strength amaze us. Maybe we witness a heavyweight power-lifter at the Olympics launching nearly 500 pounds from the floor and holding it over his head. Or perhaps we read of an ordinary citizen coming upon an accident where he proceeds to lift the end of a vehicle, freeing an injured occupant. Then we read the story of Samson, a man of legendary strength who actually pushed over the columns of a pagan temple causing it to collapse on 3,000 Philistines (Judges 16:27-30). In each of these instances, we shake our heads and marvel at the power displayed. “Unbelievable,” we whisper. “How’d he do that?”
It’s a good question. We know the limits of human power, and we simply don’t expect people to perform beyond those. And, when they do, we know it is the exception that proves the rule: Man can only do so much. Then we make the mistake of creating God in our image and applying man’s limits to Him. Man can only do so much, therefore God can only do so much. But this could not be more inaccurate. And inaccurate understanding inevitably leads to anemic underachieving.
Paul told the Ephesian Christians that the rules and exceptions with God are exactly the opposite from man: God is always able to do more than all we ask or imagine on the basis of his power. There is never a time when he is unable to demonstrate his power far beyond our ability to conceive. There could be a choice by him not to do so, but that choice is based on his purposes, not his power. And what is the nature of this power? Paul says earlier in Ephesians the same power that God exerted when he raised Christ from the dead (1:19-20) is the power that is at work within us (3:20). No wonder Paul shouts, “Glory!” (3:21) at the thought!
You may drop your jaw at a weightlifter’s feats, but you can drop your burdens at Jesus’ feet. Nothing is too hard for him. He has power over all things—including the problems of those who believe in him.
God’s Promise to You: “Resurrection power is what I am ready to release in you.”
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