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Exceeding Abundantly Above

Thursday, February 18, 2010

by Dr. Paul Chappell

"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, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen."

Ephesians 3:20-21

The key to seeing God's abundant blessing is in asking Him to meet your need.

Someone once said that the motivation of creation is the spur of necessity. Most great inventions came as a result of a need or shortcoming, as business consultant Peter Drucker stated, "The customer never buys a product. By definition, the customer buys the satisfaction of a want." Drucker knew what he was talking about, as he consulted companies such as General Electric, Intel, Coca-Cola, Citicorp, IBM, and Toyota Motor Corporation. Drucker pointed out to executives that if they desired to build a successful company they would need to base their products on human needs.

One story that was told during Drucker's many speeches was of a CEO of a company that produced drill bits who faced severe financial loss and declining sales. Gathering his top managers and salesmen, he sought an answer from them as to why sales were down. While some people blamed the economy, others blamed the company's marketing strategy, A newly-hired manager, not too far removed from college, raised his hand in the back and when called on simply stated, "Sir, the market isn't for bits; it's for holes!" The company had focused on the product rather than the need.

Businesses often target people's needs when marketing products, because they realize that while a certain gadget might not be useful to someone, showing how it will meet their need usually sells the product. Businesses understand that everyone has needs and they seek to capitalize on that fact.

While businesses seek to meet tangible needs, needs arise which newer products cannot meet. There's not a new gadget for the need of companionship. A product can't fulfill the need of financial provision. No business offers a solution for people who need peace. These needs can only be fulfilled by God.

Not all needs can be solved by human ingenuity. Personal needs often go far beyond that of any purchasable product. Yet God shows in Ephesians that even when businesses cannot provide a solution, He can provide above and beyond what we need, "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."

What need do you have today? Be it financial, spiritual, emotional, tangible, or intangible, God not only wants to meet your need, but He wants to do exceedingly abundantly above what you ask Him. He desires to meet your need, but to also prove to you His power by blessing you beyond what you ask.

The key to seeing God's abundant blessing is in asking Him to meet your need. God stands ready to meet every need you have, yet He desires for you to seek His power, to enter His presence and request His help. Admitting your need and seeking God's provision is not a sign of weakness, but is the first step in seeing God's blessings in your life.

Think of your needs. What specifically do you need right now? Can you meet that need on your own? Rather than seeking help from the world or from others, seek help from God. Admit your inability to meet the need, state your complete dependence upon God for help, and ask Him for His blessing in your situation. As you lay your needs before God, remember that He will do exceedingly abundantly above what you ask as you are faithful to seek Him for help.

To learn more about the ministries of Lancaster Baptist Church and Pastor Chappell, please visit lancasterbaptist.org, paulchappell.com, or follow him on twitter.

Daily Bible Reading
Leviticus 23–24 | Mark 1:1–22