out of sight . . .

out of sight . . .

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Ephesians 3:14-21
May you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is (Ephesians 3:18).

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Read Romans 8:31-39 to see another illustration of the vastness of God’s love—a love that can’t be overwhelmed by anyone or anything!

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Take a few minutes and consider what God has been doing for you. Have you ever been able to glimpse God’s unseen work after the fact? How will you praise God for the unseen things He does?

Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 3:14-21 has been a blessing to me, but it’s also slightly confusing. How are we supposed to grasp the full measure of God’s love for us when it’s beyond our ability to understand? An experience with my son can help answer that question.

My wife and I are in the process of potty training our little guy, which means that in the middle of the night I wake him up and let him know it’s okay. Then I gently lift him from his bed, set him down on the toilet, and smooth his sleep-tousled hair. When he’s done, I stand him on the bathroom rug so that he won’t be shocked at the touch of the cold tile under his feet. Finally, I lay him back down on his bed once more, making sure that his favorite “blankie” is firmly in hand.

But because this takes place so late at night, and my son is so sleepy, I doubt that he’ll remember these things I do for him. He may not even appreciate such things for years, until he has a similar experience.

God loves us in similar ways. He surrounds us with a thousand examples of love and care, both small and large (Ephesians 3:17-18). But because of the busyness of our lives, and our relative immaturity, we often miss these amazing displays of His deep love and care for us. We imagine instead that we endured the night all by ourselves, in our own strength, and we wake up none the wiser as to who truly carried us through the darkness.

God’s love for us is too vast for us to comprehend (Ephesians 3:19). His ways are higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9), and His knowledge is too lofty for us to attain (Psalm 139:6). Even so, we can recognize by faith that our heavenly Father does much for us—things both seen and unseen.

NLT 365-day reading plan passage for today: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

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2 Responses to “out of sight . . .”

  1. GChoo says:

    Peter, thank you for the simple and wonderful analogy of God’s immeasurable love and care for us which we always question but never truly taken the time to think about them.

    I am truly thankful that as I take the time to get closer to God’s Word, through daily devotion, Sunday worship services and cell group discussion, I realised many things that happened, God was always there leading me out of my circumstances or gently redirecting my life for the better. Even coming to my rescue many, many times with His divine protection in unexpected situations.

    We may not have seen God physically and may not understand how wide, how high and how deep His love is for us before, get close to Him daily and as Ephesians 3:18 says – we will have the power to understand … Yes, truly we will be amazed. Amen!

  2. Gary Shultz says:

    Is this not life? Is this not love? Showing consistent care in the small mundane things, over and over again. I think I have found this as a more central theme than the more splashy things we think count as great acts of love. To me God’s love is found all events, but I am continued humbled by His continual, consistent care and I’m sure we don’t even know the half of it. How patient, how kind, how merciful, he is to us. I hope we will have the ability to understand and to worshipfully respond as we grow in Him. Thank you so much.

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