GOD IS ABLE

 

As I’ve meditated on the many powerful qualities of God, I’ve been struck with how often they are in contrast to our human limitations. We are weak; God is strong. We are foolish; God is wise. We know little; God knows and understands everything. And so it goes on. This week’s characteristic of God presents a similar contrast. We are unable; God is able. I’m impressed that each contrast forces us to look away from ourselves to God. Each one redirects our focus, not on ourselves or circumstances but on God. That’s where our attention needs to be. That’s where we direct our prayers and praise. On God. Yes!

 

The following collection of verses show some of the emphasis that Scripture places on our ABLE God. Read them slowly and prayerfully. Allow the Spirit to speak and God’s message, unique to you, to sink in.

 

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Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory…Ephesians 3:20a NIV Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us….(the king said) no other God is able to deliver in this way. Daniel 3:17, 29b I know the One in whom I have put my trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard until that day what I have entrusted to him. 2 Timothy 1:12

 

Ah Lord God! It is you who made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you. Jeremiah 32:17 I know that you can do all things. Job 42:2 God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance,so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8

See, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh; is anything too hard for me? Jeremiah 32:27

Jesus said to (the blind men), “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to him, “Yes, Lord.” Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you” And their eyes were opened. Matthew 9:28-30a For mortals it is impossible, but for God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26

 

The Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’ Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year and Sarah will have a son.” Genesis 18:14 NIV He (Abraham) grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, being fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. Romans 4:20-21

 

Because (Jesus) himself was tested by what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested. Hebrews 2:18 Consequently (Jesus) is able for all time to save those who approach God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them. Hebrews 7:25 They will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make them stand. Romans 14:4

 

Now to him who is able to keep you from falling, and to make you stand without blemish in the presence of his glory with rejoicing, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, power, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen Jude 24,25

 

…Reflect on the meaning of the word “able” and it’s significance as a quality of God.

…Make a list of all the ways that God is “able” for you.

…Take time this week each day to thank and praise God for being “able”.

 

We thank and praise you, our loving God, that you are able to do all things and that nothing is too hard for you.

 

Hi, I’m Bobbie and am what some would call seasoned. Now in my early eighties I look back on a life full of experiences through which God has shaped and refined me – still a work-in-progress – and for which I’m so very grateful. My first husband and I raised three daughters and both of us worked full time. Following his death from leukemia, God gave me another good man to partner with. Our combined families now delight us with 17 grandchildren. Our church’s prayer ministry is my passion. I also enjoy reading, journaling, long walks, jig-saw puzzles and knitting prayer shawls. I’ve known Janet and treasured her friendship for close to 35 years and am honored to share on her blog.

 

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