“ To know the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might .” Ephesians 1:19
This is from Ephesians 1:15-21. A prayer that Paul prays for the church, a prayer we could pray often for ourselves and others
What miracle are you believing for? Take a deep breath. Good. Now, slow your thoughts and tune into a familiar children’s story. One you might remember sharing with your children and grandchildren.
You are a pig, a little one, and you’re in a predicament. You were just wandering along, maybe to the market for roast beef, when you walk to the edge of a cliff. You step slowly back as you watch some rocks fall into the deepest valley a pig’s ever seen. You turn around to leave the danger of the cliff’s edge, but you see something terrible and unexpected: a pack of hungry wolves closing in on you after sniffing out your every step.
Quick question. Have you ever felt like this little pig?
You’re just wandering through childhood, through your career, raising your children, through marriage, through life when you come upon something unavoidable, something impassable.
And then when you turned around—and at the worst possible moment—something like sickness, abuse, death, divorce, debt, or addiction was there sniffing out your every step ready to swallow you up. Maybe one of these words describes how you felt, maybe how you still feel: alone, weak, powerless, trapped, hopeless.
Maybe all of them.
In Acts 1:8- Jesus tells the disciples that they will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes. The greek word dunamis is used here and 116 times in the New Testament.
It is also used to describe Jesus’ miracles, the Holy Spirit’s power, the inner strength of the soul, and even the kind of strength that comes from sheer numbers. It’s actually where we get the word “dynamite.”
It is the same Greek word used in Ephesians 1:19
“The immeasurable greatness of His power toward us who believe.”
Much has been made of Jesus command in Acts 1:8 to wait for the power that came in Acts 2. And that power is available for every believer through the power of the Holy Spirit.
But sometimes what we know is not enough to get us through the tough times.
Sometimes like the little pig our options are limited. My dad used to say he was between “a rock and a hard spot”, cliff’s edge in front of him, wolves behind him.
And that’s where we find ourselves. What that little pig needed was a miracle.
And the power he needed for his miracle was the power we need. The power is to believe. To believe for
Miracles that are needed for ourselves and others.
Miracles for freedom from addiction, for healing,
Miracles for restoration of relationships,
Miracles for our children and grandchildren, loved ones that are beyond our ability to help.
Miracles for financial problems, to get through whatever we may be facing.
Sometimes the circumstances, the situations do not change as quickly as we would like. And in those times belief, faith, trust that somehow God will come through, that somehow it will be made right, is the power we need most
Paul prays for that in Ephesians 1:17-19.
For wisdom and revelation to know Him better. To know the hope to which He has called us. And His incomparable power for us who believe.
And Isaiah tells us we can fly. Above the urgency that tells us something has to happen right now or it is never going to happen. We need the power to believe while we wait.
Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Special thanks to Life Church for the use of a portion of their devotional “When Pigs Fly”