My Bible reading this morning in Ephesians 3 reminds me of a story once told about the late, legendary golfer Arnold Palmer.
Palmer once played a series of exhibition matches in Saudi Arabia. The King was so impressed with Palmer both as an athlete and a person than he proposed to give him a gift. One of Palmer’s choosing.
“That really isn’t necessary,” Arnold demurred. “I’m honored to have been invited, Your Highness.”
“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 a golf course on over a thousand acres of trees, lakes, and a beautiful clubhouse.
Actually, this story is an urban legend repeated many times through the years with different names! But the moral of the story reminds us that when you’re in the presence of a King, think big! Don’t ask for small stuff!
In the doxology of this chapter, as Paul prays for the Ephesians he writes these moving and powerful words.
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, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Eph. 3:20-21).
This text reminds of three important facts.
(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 the Greek it is 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.
There’s a book by Richard Carlson called, “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff.” But with God it’s all small stuff. God is our omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient. All powerful. Ever present. All-knowing.
There is no challenge too big for God to handle. No circumstance we face that escapes His all-seeing eye. And problem for which he does not have an answer.
God is able. His provisions are immeasurable. His power can empower us. Enlighten us. Ennoble us. And strengthen us.
So, ask! Because He’s the King who’s the giver of good gifts. And that’s no urban legend!
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman