Immeasurable

Jon Opgenorth

Read: Ephesians 1:15-23

. . . what is the immeasurable greatness of his power . . . (v. 19)

Not long after the space shuttle Endeavor was moved to the California Science Center, I took my daughter for a visit. As the long line inched forward, film clips and sound effects hinted something great was just around the corner. When I finally stood beside Endeavor, I was overcome by its size and mesmerized by how insignificant we humans seemed. After walking around several times, I sat on a bench next to a man from Palo Alto, California, who helped engineer some of Endeavor’s parts. Like me, he was dumbfounded by the experience. “Did we really build this?”

When Paul prays for the Ephesians to know “the immeasurable greatness of his power” (v. 19), he is writing to people who live in the shadow of Artemis’ temple, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The Ephesians knew greatness, but Paul contemplates how God’s power is greater. It is immeasurable. If human inventions and pagan temples amaze, how much more ought the immeasurable greatness of God draw us deeper into praise! It is by that power that God raised Jesus “from the dead and seated him at his right hand” (v. 20).

Friends, the same immeasurably great God who raised Jesus from the dead is the very One who adopted you to be his very precious daughter or son. And that power will not ever let go of you until you one day stand in his presence. And his presence will far exceed anything you can possibly imagine now. —Jon Opgenorth

As you pray, stand in awe of God’s boundless glory.