"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...” —Ephesians 3:20
There was a time when the Israelites were slaves in Egypt and Pharaoh gave an order to the slave drivers and overseers in charge of the people: “You are no longer to supply the people with straw for making bricks; let them go and gather their own straw. But require them to make the same number of bricks as before; don’t reduce the quota” (Exodus 5:6-8). This was cruel bondage.
In contrast to when the Israelites were slaves in Egypt, when we submit ourselves as a slave to Jesus Christ for life, there are three things that He does for us. The first thing is that the Master plans the program of the slave and the second thing is that He provides the resources for it.
Someone once told me when I was young, “Never ask if something is possible. Ask if it is right.” If we ask if something is possible, we live in the realm of the possible, which is the reality of everyone in this world. However, if we ask is it right, what we are asking may not seem possible, but we do it. Of course, there are some things that are possible but not right and some things that are right but do not seem possible. Yet, as we step out in obedience according to the Master’s plan, knowing that He who called us is faithful, He will do it. He will bring it to pass and make it happen.
In the New Testament, when Jesus sent His disciples across the Lake of Galilee one night and He stayed back, He knew something that they did not—He knew the weather forecast. A great storm blew up while the disciples were on the boat. The disciples were terrified, especially when they saw what they thought was a ghost. Then, as they got close, they realized this was not a ghost but Jesus walking on the water. Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, if it’s You, tell me to come to You on the water” (Matthew 14:28). Peter may have said it impulsively without thinking, but Jesus responded, “Come” (Matthew 14:29). Peter started walking on water, but then he saw the wind, became afraid and began to sink. It was not like Peter did not notice the wind all night, but when he took his attention from Jesus and looked at the wind, he stopped trusting Jesus and started to sink.
Everything Jesus tells us to do, He provides the resources for it. He is not like Pharaoh to the Israelites but our Master with a plan and we can trust Him.
Lord Jesus, thank You for providing the resources for me to do what You are calling me to. Help me to be faithful to You. Thank You, Lord.