Scripture Reading: Isaiah 57:14-59:12 / Ephesians 3:1-21 / Psalm 111:1-10
I remember when my children were young and they thought there was not a problem I couldn’t solve or a difficulty I couldn’t fix. They brought me their broken toys and broken hearts. I tightened bicycle handlebars, adjusted bike seats and reattached chains on pedal sprockets. I assured them there was no “boogieman” and held them when they were afraid.
They believed I could buy anything they wanted just because I had a check. They did not have to pay the bills or maintain the vehicles. That was not their concern or worry. All they knew was the provision and protection of a loving home. My children had great faith in me…they had childlike faith.
Jesus exemplified childlike faith and He said this type of faith was needed to enter the Kingdom of God. We think childlike faith is simple to attain but it is difficult when we have adult size knowledge and experiences. Life size challenges and struggles seem like invincible giants, as they dwarf our childlike faith. But never underestimate what God can do. We have limitations in our lives but God has no limitations. He is not governed by the laws of nature...He established them. Time does not restrict Him…He has always been and will always be.
God doesn’t expect us to ignore or minimize life’s challenges; He calls us to measure them against God’s presence, provisions and power. Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians, “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:16-19)
God desires to reach into the riches of His glory and reveal Himself to us. He longs to display His miraculous hand in our lives and His divine presence in our hearts by His Holy Spirit. God wants us to know Him personally and experience the depth of His love. When God’s love is personally experienced, it surpasses our understanding and creates a fullness of childlike faith in us.
Paul concludes his prayer, “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.” (3:20). God does immeasurably more than we can ask, more than we can imagine and more than we can ever know. The next time life reminds you how intimidating it is, seek a God who is immeasurably greater than life itself. And the next time the devil tells you how big your problem is, remind him how big your God is!
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!