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,…
We have no desire for any real good, but that it is overtopped by His desire that we should have good; we have no imagination of a good, but lo! it has been surpassed by a previous thought of His, out of which He has prepared a greater good. With the world the rule is, "not up to what we can think"; with God it is "above what we can think." The water pots which are to hold our wine He wills to be filled up to the brim; the feast which He spreads is to have baskets of fragments which remain. And as coming after the idea, "above what we can ask," these two words are very useful. Our want of faith makes us afraid to ask; this little sentence takes the most effectual way of lifting us above our fears; for it says, "You cannot think, how much less ask too much." The region of thought must, here at least, always be vaster far than that of fact; God says, "you could not exhaust that great field, then how can you the little one; therefore, ask largely, leaving me to act out of resources beyond your thought — resources unseen."
(P. B. Power, M. A.)
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