God can do anything, you know – far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildrest dreams! – ephesians 3:20 (the message)
i read a blog post last week that cited and included this verse. i used to have a copy of the message translation of the bible. but my dog chewed it up last year and i have been without the message since.
this verse illustrates what i love about the message translation: it uses modern, straight forward and simple language. i don’t mean simple as in simpleton, though. i mean simple as in keep it simple, stupid. something as important and powerful as the word of god should be simple, right? well, some may disagree, but i believe so.
when i read this particular translation of the ephesians verse i envision st. paul speaking with a group of believers or even just one, his voice full of passion and joy. his body language is animated and his eyes are wide in wonder and excitement as though he’s sharing the most amazing news – which he is, after all.
how easily we forget how vast and awesome god is. we discount his love and his ability when dealing with the struggles in our lives. when we allow fear and doubt to rule our lives, how easily our minds manifest thoughts of limiting god. i’m beyond saving, we say. why would god bother with me? we think.
in this verse, we are reminded how limited we are in our thinking. god created the universe. from the tiniest molecule to the out reaches of the solar system and beyond. he crafted the intricacies and minute details of our bodies and their functions. if he made this world and everything in it, why do we so easily discount his ability to save us?
as god himself – jesus – says to his disciples in matthew 23:6 – with god, all things are possible.
god can do anything, you know. more than we can possibly imagine.