Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 11, 2020

“For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.”

Today’s devotion comes from Ephesians 3:30-21.

“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever.  Amen.”  Ephesians 3:20-21.


God “is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us”.  Verse 20.

Why is it important that God does for us “far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think”?  

We are sinful.  We ask for bad things.

“You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.”  James 4:3.

We are ignorant.  We do not know what is good for us.

“…  for we do not know how to pray as we should …”  Romans 8:26.

Or, we may feel unworthy like the prodigal son, and we may be unwilling to ask or even think as we should.  We may just be satisfied with very little.  In the Parable of the Prodigal Son, “he would have gladly filled his stomach with the pods that the swine were eating”.  Luke 15:16.

But, there is hope!

God gives us beyond the little, beyond even the good.  God gives us what is the best for us.  “And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight;  I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’  But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet;  and bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat and celebrate;  for this son of mine was dead and has come to life again;  he was lost and has been found.’  And they began to celebrate.”  Luke 15:21-24.

“In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness;  for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words;  and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”  Romans 8:26-28.

“For the LORD God is a sun and shield;
The LORD gives grace and glory;
No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.”  Psalm 84:11.

“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?”  Romans 8:32.

“5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You have anointed my head with oil;
My cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”  Psalm 23:5-6.

“Unless the LORD builds the house,
They labor in vain who build it;
Unless the LORD guards the city,
The watchman keeps awake in vain.
2 It is vain for you to rise up early,
To retire late,
To eat the bread of painful labors;
For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.”  Psalm 127:1-2.


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