Able, more than able

Ephesians-3-20-21

One of the most powerful expressions of God’s desire for His people is found in the prayer of Ephesians 3:14-21. The Verse of the Day for July 9, 2016 is the benediction from that prayer:

Ephesians 3:20-21 (NLT):

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.

That powerful prayer reveals our Heavenly Father’s intent toward believers: that they might demonstrate the exceeding greatness of God’s power or ability. Paul sets these shining verses as crowning jewels in that exquisite revelation of God’s ability. The opening phrase of verse 20 brought to mind the expression “God is able,” which in turn caused me to think of the lyrics to this song:

He’s able, He’s able, I know He’s able,
I know my Lord is able to carry me through.
He’s able, He’s able, I know He’s able,
I know my Lord is able to carry me through.
He healed the brokenhearted and set the captive free,
He made the lame to walk again and caused the blind to see;
He’s able, He’s able, I know He’s able,
I know my Lord is able to carry me through.

Sometimes in the midst of very trying circumstances that seem to overwhelm us with their magnitude, we are strengthened and encouraged by the Word of God and by examples of those like Daniel and others who exercised astounding faith, reaping the benefits of their strong convictions. Without question, Daniel came to recognize that, indeed, “God is able.”

Many times when we think about Daniel and the Hebrew children and other giants of faith in the Bible, we fail to realize that they were real people who faced real dangers. Just as we do today, they faced stressful situations that could have easily overwhelmed them and caused them to doubt God’s ability to come to their rescue. I heard a teaching on Daniel and his companions, and it inspired this poem which also uses Ephesians 3:20, as part of its introduction:

God is Able

If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us.

He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. 

Daniel 3:17

 

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly

above all that we ask or think, according to the power  that works in us,

Ephesians 3:20

 

God is able to do far above all we ask or think.

Life’s greatest challenges will not prevail, but they will shrink.

Although threatened on every hand, we refuse to back down.

In the midst of what seems to be defeat, we will still rebound.

If we have to, we will walk on water and will not sink.

Surrounded by disaster, even at the very brink

Of total defeat, so the enemy would have us to think.

Though our foes seek to intimidate, we still stand our ground:

God is able.

 

We have learned that God’s Word and God’s will are always in sync,

That His Word nourishes and sustains us more than food or drink.

Our confident trust in God is nothing less than profound,

As we rise untouched, not singed, even from a fiery showdown.

Renewed in the spirit of our minds, we can now rethink:

God is able.

Like Daniel in the den of lions, we sometimes find ourselves in desperate, seemingly impossible situations from which we cannot extract ourselves on our own. When we think of such situations like that of Daniel, we must remember how the situation unfolds:

Daniel 6:19-23 (NLT):

19 Then the king arose at dawn, at the break of day, and hurried to the den of lions. 20 When he had come near the den, he called out to Daniel with a troubled voice. The king said to Daniel, “O Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you constantly serve, been able to rescue you from the lions?” 21 Then Daniel spoke to the king, “O king, live forever! 22 My God has sent His angel and has shut the mouths of the lions so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent before Him; and also before you, O king, I have committed no crime.” 23 Then the king was greatly pleased and ordered that Daniel be taken out of the den. So Daniel was taken out of the den, and no injury whatever was found on him, because he believed in and relied on and trusted in his God.

Note the King’s response when God delivered Daniel:

Daniel 6:26-27(NLT):

For He is the living God, enduring and steadfast forever,
And His kingdom is one which will not be destroyed,
And His dominion will be forever.
27 
“He rescues and saves and performs signs and wonders
in heaven and on earth—
He who has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.”

As we close this entry, another magnificent benediction from Jude 24-25 comes to mind, a further reminder that God is able:

Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,

To the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, now and ever. Amen.

We add the finishing touch with a song to reinforce the message than God is not only able, but “He is more than able”:

 

 

 

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