Jesus Is Better Than We Can Even Think

Ephesians 3:20: 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,

Living Up to Expectations (A Wil Rice Devotional)

Does the Lord always live up to your expectations?

Actually, the Lord never lives down to your expectations because they can never exceed who God is! He lives beyond our expectations. But what if God doesn*t do what you want or expect Him to do? Isn*t that a fair question we have all faced at some time?

Two disciples were walking on the road to Emmaus and trying to understand what the Lord had done. They unknowingly met the Lord Jesus in the way but did not realize who He was. When asked what they were talking about and why they were sad, they answered in Luke 24:21: But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done. They were disappointed because the Lord Jesus did not live up to their expectations; He was literally living beyond their expectations! They missed it, and so do we many times.

Our expectations of the Lord will never be greater than who He is. When it seems that the Lord hasn*t lived up to our expectations, it is usually a matter of time, context, or the bigger picture. So what are we to do? Go to the Word. The Lord directed the disciples* attention back to all that the prophets have spoken. He started from the very beginning and expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

I don*t know what your expectations are for the day, but your expectations are not better than who God is. See the Lord in your day and in His Word. Jesus Christ will never live down to your expectations; He will live beyond them!

Charles Haddon Spurgeon on Ephesians 3:8b. . . . the unsearchable riches of Christ;

My Master has riches beyond the count of arithmetic, the measurement of reason, the dream of imagination, or the eloquence of words. They are unsearchable! You may look, and study, and weigh, but Jesus is a greater Saviour than you think Him to be when your thoughts are at the greatest. My Lord is more ready to pardon than you to sin, more able to forgive than you to transgress. My Master is more willing to supply your wants than you are to confess them. Never tolerate low thoughts of my Lord Jesus. When you put the crown on His head, you will only crown Him with silver when He deserves gold. My Master has riches of happiness to bestow upon you now. He can make you to lie down in green pastures, and lead you beside still waters. There is no music like the music of His pipe, when He is the Shepherd and you are the sheep, and you lie down at His feet. There is no love like His, neither earth nor heaven can match it. To know Christ and to be found in Him-oh! this is life, this is joy, this is marrow and fatness, wine on the lees well refined. My Master does not treat His servants churlishly; He gives to them as a king giveth to a king; He gives them two heavens-a heaven below in serving Him here, and a heaven above in delighting in Him for ever. His unsearchable riches will be best known in eternity. He will give you on the way to heaven all you need; your place of defence shall be the munitions of rocks, your bread shall be given you, and your waters shall be sure; but it is there, THERE, where you shall hear the song of them that triumph, the shout of them that feast, and shall have a face-to-face view of the glorious and beloved One. The unsearchable riches of Christ! This is the tune for the minstrels of earth, and the song for the harpers of heaven. Lord, teach us more and more of Jesus, and we will tell out the good news to others.

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