The God Who Could
“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) As a teenager, I began thinking more about the God who could. At youth devotionals, we often sang a song that was the above passage in lyrical form. The verse/song taught me that God is able to do more and in different ways than I thought.
In Numbers, the people rebelled based upon the doubt of ten out of twelve spies. The Lord is frustrated with Israel. He tells Moses, “I will strike them down with a plague and destroy them, but I will make you into a nation greater and stronger than they.” (Numbers 14:12 NIV) This is not the first time God says this. When Moses comes down from the mountain and sees the golden calf, God says the same thing. (Exodus 32:10) Therefore, I don’t think this is an idle threat. God could easily wipe out the Israelites and bring up a greater people for Moses to lead. Moses shows his loyalty to Israel by not saying, “Go right ahead!”
John the Baptist develops this thought further in his preaching. “Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ I tell you that out of these stones, God can raise up children for Abraham.” (Matthew 3:8,9 NIV) God could do things differently than he has. He could start from scratch and make a better people. This aspect of God is amazing.
All this gets me thinking about the church as God’s people today. How great could God make the church if we would let him? If we could outgrow our selfishness, if we would let go of our pettiness, and truly let God be God. When I reflect on all the sin I have seen in church, I am impressed the Heavenly Father hasn’t told Jesus to step back and destroy us like he threatened with the Israelites years ago. God could make a people even stronger than us. Thankfully, Jesus is even more loyal than Moses. Otherwise, we would have been gone a long time ago. Considering the God who could, what kind of people should we be?
written by: Jimmy Hodges