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
Some of the best stories in life are centered around unexpected things happening to people unexpectedly. For example, Tom Brady was a 6th-round draft pick backup quarterback for the New England Patriots in the National Football league. Brady did not expect to become the starting quarter on September 23, 2001. However, after Jets linebacker, Mo Lewis knocked Bledsoe out with a hit late in a game, Bledsoe was injured and taken out of the game, while Brady was thrown into the limelight as the starting quarterback.
Brady has since been lauded as the greatest quarterback in NFL history. He has won an astounding seven Super Bowls, three MVP awards, and thrown more than 600 touchdowns. Bledsoe, meanwhile, was traded to the Buffalo Bills in April 2002, where he played three seasons, and spent two additional seasons with the Dallas Cowboys. He is now the proud owner of a winery while Brady is still playing in the NFL.
Time is filled with many transitions. Unexpected things always happen unexpectedly. One moment a person is in good health with a loving family and a thriving career. Then, unexpectedly, they are diagnosed with a terminal illness that devastates their finances.
Unexpected things are not necessarily always negative. God has a habit of doing the unexpected in our lives. Ephesians 3:20 tells us that God can do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine. For example, He gave Abraham and Sarah a child when they did not expect or imagine because it was biologically impossible for them to do so. He made David king over Israel despite the fact David did not come from a royal lineage and was a shepherd boy. God unexpectedly called Moses to go to Egypt and set the Israelites free from Egyptian bondage, though Moses was raised as an Egyptian prince.
Faith in God compels us to expect the unexpected in life because our God knows the plans He has for us. God does not always reveal to us all His plans. Believers are called to live by faith because God can do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine. We should journey through life with a spirit of expectation because God is working everything together for our good.
When we wake up in the morning, we should pray, and wait on God to do the unexpected. A believer who is struggling with an illness should expect healing no matter the diagnosis. Those who are struggling financially can expect a financial break because of God’s providential love.
Where there are no expectations there will be no spiritual elevation. The Lord invites us to put Him to the test in Malachi 3:10. One of the best ways to put God to the test is by expecting Him to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine. It is okay to expect the unexpected from God. For, faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.
Perhaps you cannot see the blessings God has already released in your favor, but you should still expect God to do more than you can ask or imagine. It may be difficult to see how you are going to overcome your health crisis or manage your heartache after you lose someone near and dear to you, or maybe how God can fix your broken marriage, or rescue you from financial disaster. But you should never doubt the power of God working in you and in the world. God is still healing, delivering, rescuing, saving, restoring, and blessing those who trust in Him. So, expect the unexpected.
Questions for Personal Reflection
What immeasurable blessings are you trusting God for?
How can faith in God help you cultivate a spirit of expectation?
Prayer- Blessed Father, I thank you for being my present help in times of need. Please help me to cultivate a spirit of expectation despite the difficulties I may face. Remind me of your promises and your unfailing love for me when I am overwhelmed by the issues of life. Please give me the faith to trust in you with all my heart and expect the unexpected by faith.