Now to him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,…
Let us note some of the applications of the truth here taught of God's Almightiness to help. I am in the grasp of some great temptation. I long to break away. I have tried; but I am impotent. The case seems hopeless. Like a spent, exhausted swimmer, I am about to give over, and to sink helpless beneath the dark waves. But what is that I hear above the noise of the waves? "Call on Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that thou canst ask or think; call on Him." He is mightier than sin, stronger than the strongest temptation. Satan is bold. He has great courage. His victories are countless. "But Satan trembles, when he sees the weakest saint upon his knees." I once walked the deck of an ocean steamer with a man who related to me the sad story of his life. There had been a time when he thought he was converted, and was united to a Christian Church. For years he thought he knew the peace and joy of a justifying faith. But he had yielded to passion, and now thought his case utterly hopeless. I spoke to him of reform, recovery. "Impossible," he said. "You know nothing," he added, "of the terrible might of a reigning passion. Resolution and effort are useless. I am lost." Such were his declarations, as we paced the deck beneath the midnight stars. And it was then that, admitting all that he said, I rejoiced to point him to One who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that he could ask or think, an Omnipotent Helper. Reader, I know not what there may be that is peculiar and disheartening in your case, but I do knew you are not beyond the help of the Infinite Helper. All you can ask, or even think, and more too, He is able to do. "Open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it."
(W. Lamson, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,