To him who is able

Revised and re-posted, the Verse of the Day for July 9, 201 actually comes from the benediction of the prayer found in the culminating verses of Ephesians chapter 3:

Ephesians 3:20-21 (NKJV)

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

The Amplified Bible offer this rendering:

20 Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us, 21 to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen.

The closing lines reveal our Heavenly Father’s intent toward believers that they demonstrate the exceeding greatness of His power or ability recorded by Paul in those two verses which shine as crowning jewels in that exquisite revelation of God’s ability. The opening phrase of verse 20 brought to mind the expression that “God is able,” which in turn caused me to think of the lyrics to this song which originally was taught to children:

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 must be been 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, we fail to realize that they were real people who faced real dangers. Just as we do also, they faced stressful situations that could overwhelm them and cause them to doubt God’s ability to come to their rescue. A teaching on Daniel and his companions inspired the following poem which also uses Ephesians 3:20, as part of its introduction:

God is Able

If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us

from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us

out of your hand, O king.

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 confronted and intimidated, we 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 the King’s response when God delivered Daniel:

Daniel 6:27

He [the God of Daniel] delivers and rescues, and he works signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who has delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.

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

24Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,

25To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, now and ever. Amen.

Shannon Linville offers A Scripture Song based on Ephesians 3:14-21, the prayer from which the Verse of the Day is taken:

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