February 26, 2018

“Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think….”
– Ephesians 3:20
The arena of sport is filled with the unexpected! How often does the favorite fall short? Have you ever witnessed a victory that only a few seconds before seemed impossible? How about a totally unknown who’s unlikely performance suddenly makes him a household name? When the United States Men’s Curling Team won Olympic gold last week in South Korea, it was unexpected. After being on the brink of elimination, the Americans rallied with five consecutive victories taking the gold with a 10-7 win over Sweden. John Shuster, Tyler George, Matt Hamilton, John Landsteiner and Joe Polo defeated the top-ranked team in the world to capture the country’s first gold medal in the event and they did it decisively. The possibility of the unexpected keeps sports fans coming back for more, regardless of the sport or event.

Our God is a Mighty God and He too is well known for pulling off the unexpected! Old Testament or New Testament, the stories appear over and over again. The sparing of Isaac, as his father Abraham held the knife in his hand. The parting of the Red Sea as Moses and his people faced certain death at the hands of the vengeful Pharaoh. Peter gazing into the eyes of Jesus as he walked on the waters of the Sea of Galilee. And let’s not forget Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Salome finding an empty tomb, where three days prior, Jesus had been placed following His death on a cross. Just like an eager sports fan, believers should always expect the unexpected from God! Is your faith too shallow? Do you sometimes give up on God? If He can do it for Abraham, Moses, Peter and Jesus, He can do it for you.

Heavenly Father, there is nothing beyond Your power. Help me to always expect the unexpected and never place limitations on You. Amen.  

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