I’m not a golfer. But I know that one of the greatest golfers of all time was Arnold Palmer. During his career he won 92 times, including 4 Master’s tournaments. He was PGA player of the year in 1960 and 1962. And Athlete of the Decade in the 1960’s. For years he endeared himself to his many loyal fans called “Arnie’s Army”
I recently read a story that during his heyday Palmer once played a series of exhibition matches in Saudi Arabia. The King was so impressed with Palmer as a person and an athlete than he proposed to give him a gift.
“That really isn’t necessary, Your Highness.” Arnold demurred. “I’m honored to have been invited.”
“I would be deeply upset, replied the King, “if you wouldn’t allow me to give you a gift.”
Palmer thought for a moment and said, “All right. How about a golf club? That would be a wonderful memento of my visit to your country.”
The next day, delivered to Palmer’s hotel, was the title to a golf club (not one you played with, but one you play on)! It was golf course on over a thousand acres of trees, lakes, and a beautiful clubhouse.
The moral of the story? When you’re in the presence of a King, think big! Don’t ask for small stuff!
Now actually this story is an urban legend repeated many times through the years with different names!
But it reminds me of one the great verses of the Bible, Ephesians 3:20
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.”
Consider three important facts from this verse.
(1) God is Able.
Regardless of what adversity you may face, what challenges you may encounter, or what hardships you may have to overcome, God is able.
He is able to hear your cry.
He is able to know your needs.
He is able to help
He is able to answer.
He is able to provide.
He is able to comfort.
He is able to lift you up.
He is able to offer grace in time of need, just when you need it.
Yes, God is Able!
(2) God is Able to Powerfully Provide For You
The superlatives Paul uses as rendered by the New King James version is “exceedingly abundantly above.” In Greek it is huper…. huperekperissoú, which means to pour out beyond measure, to overflow
God is able to flood us with blessings. To overflow us with grace. Immeasurably pour out His mercy. And love us beyond measure.
(3) You Can’t Think too Big, or Ask too Much!
What do you want to accomplish in life? What do you desire to do for the Lord? What do you hope for? Dream about? What are your needs? Desires? And heart’s longing?
You can’t think too big for God. And you receive more than you could imagine. Because His power works within us.
God is able. His provisions are immeasurable. So, ask! Because He’s the King. And that’s no urban legend!
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman