God Is Able

September 12, 2016

Part 3

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.  Ephesians 3:20-21

There are times when we can fall under the delusion, because of discouragement, that God is not powerful enough to deal with a situation. The Israelites would fall prey to that kind of thinking. In Isaiah 40:28, the Lord responded to that kind of attitude. The Lord says through the prophet,

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable.

His power is limitless. There’s nothing hard for the Lord. You say, “If God can do anything, why hasn’t He done this or that?” I’ve discovered that God knows what’s best, and though He does things that don’t make sense to me, I am confident that in the end, they will make perfect sense. There have been things that I’ve prayed about and times that I’ve sought to give God direction. I’ve yet to see God take my advice on these things—He does things His own way. But as I go on in life and see what happens down the road, I say, Okay Lord, I would never have thought to do it that way, but I see Your wisdom in it. Even though things sometimes don’t make sense to us or go the way we think they should, that should not discourage us; God is all-powerful but also all-wise, and He knows what He is doing. He’s got a plan, and He is working out His plan.

We can also be confident in His ability to work and to answer prayer because we know God cares. He took on human form and came to earth to solve the great problem of sin and death. To those who suggest that God is either dead, weak, or indifferent, we would say, “God is not indifferent. God cares and loves us.” He cares about things happening in the lives of people today, and we need to have this confidence when we’re praying. That’s part of what motivates me to pray; I look at something and say, That’s wrong; that shouldn’t be happening, so I’m going to call upon You, and I’m going to ask You to do something about it. And because God is all-powerful and controls the universe itself, God is able to bring about answers to prayers that we would never even imagine.