Text: Daniel 3:16-30. Ephesians 3: 20-21
20Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.
The word “Able” describes that which has sufficient or necessary power, means, skill, or resources to accomplish an objective. God is able and His power is above us.
God is able to create something out of nothing. Mathew 3:9 says “God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham. God is able to deliver. Daniel 3:17 says “God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand”. God is able to give you strength to rise above trials. 1 Corinthians 10:13. says “God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it”. God is able to save.(Hebrews 7:25), God is able to build you up in Grace. ( Acts 20:32), God is able to exceed your expectation.(2 Chronicles 25:9). God is able to keep you from falling.(Jude 1:24), God is able to Guard the good word in you, good deposit in you… to keep you from error.(2 Timothy 1:12-14), God is able to fulfill His promises:(Romans 4:21), God is able to comfort those who are afflicted.( 2 Corinthians 1:4).
Brethren, we sometimes feel that the situation we are in is too bad and that nothing can be done about it. However as Christians, we should know that all is not lost and that through a wonderful relationship with Jesus Christ, that situation can be resolved. Peter was excited when he saw Jesus walking on the water toward the boat filled with disciples and with assurance from Jesus Christ was able to do what Christ did. The three Jewish men – Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego knew God, loved God and were determined to serve no one but God. They told Nebuchadnezzar the king “your arms are too short to fight God” “and …even if He does not…we will not bow down and worship the image that you have set up”. “They were bound in their coats, their hosen, and their hats, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace”. God sent a heavenly visitor to accompany these faithful men during the time of great trial.
Nebuchadnezzar acknowledged that God is powerful and commanded his people “to serve the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and not to speak against this God, to extol and honor the King of heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just. And those that walk in pride he is able to humble”.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, if you still doubt the ability of God, just ask David about Goliath, ask Noah about that Ark and that flood, ask Samson about those blinded eyes and a temple filled with Philistines, ask Moses about those 40 years in the wilderness, ask Joshua about Canaan land, ask Abraham about having to offer up his son. Brethren, ask Joseph about the pit, the prison and the palace, ask Mary about virgins having children, ask Paul about a Pharisee preaching the Gospel or ask a dying thief about a saving Lord.
Beloved, are there difficulties you are facing or circumstances that hurt. Don’t look at the circumstances or what you can’t do. Look at your Lord, call on His power and trust His timing. He is able.
PRAISE THE LORD!