My God is Able
Ephesians 3:20-21 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
This afternoon, I rediscovered something I wrote four years ago as a freshman. It was the month of March, and in an effort to be more intentional in seeking God, I had begun a relatively short-lived study of God’s attributes. Reading through the first one I did, “My God is Able,” provided the basic structure of today’s post. I hope it’s as encouraging to you as it has been to me!
My God is Able . . .
He is able to provide for my daily needs at school.
Every day, I see God’s provision. I see it in the food I eat, the shelter I have, the classes I take, and the sweet friendships I enjoy. Truly, God has provided for me even beyond my needs!
He is able to teach me to love Him.
While I daily fail to love God as I should, God keeps drawing me to closer to Himself. He enables what He commands—and the greatest commandment is for me to love God with all my heart, mind, and strength. He is a kind and patient teacher, taking my unloving heart and teaching it how to love.
He is able to love me.
Did I just say how often I fail to love God as I should? Even though I lack love for God, He never stops demonstrating what love looks like through His kind, gracious, sacrificial love for me. How do I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that He loves me? He showed me—at the cross.
He is able to give me love for others.
In a similar way, God takes my angry, selfish heart and teaches it to love others, even as He loves them. He opens up my eyes to the fact that these dear people are His own image bearers in spite of my natural blindness towards those around me.
He is able to give me peace and joy.
I worry. I worry about the future, I worry about the present, and I even worry about the past! But God’s Word is full of promises to me, promises like, “you keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you” (Isaiah 26:3) and “in your presence there is fullness of joy” (Psalm 16:11). God overshadows my worries with His perfect peace and joy!
He is able to embolden me to proclaim the gospel.
I remember going on visitation in the area around my church one afternoon when I was a teenager. Even though I would be with a group of people, I was so nervous. But then I remembered the ending of Matthew 28: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations . . . . And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
He is able to comfort me.
In some of my most difficult moments, God has been able to comfort me. He comforts me when I miss my family. He comforts me when I lose loved ones, like last semester when my grandfather went home to be with the Lord. He comforts me when I’m hurting for the pain of close friends and family.
He is able to forgive me.
These last three are the most incredible to me. When I sin, yet again, and come to God in repentance, He forgives me for all my sin. He doesn’t keep a long record of all my sins, and He doesn’t bring accusations against me for them. Jesus Christ is my advocate before God the Father; He continually stands at the right hand of God, interceding on my behalf.
He is able to cleanse me of all my sin.
Not only is God able to forgive me, but He is also able to wash me completely and thoroughly clean by the blood of Jesus Christ. When God looks at me, He sees the righteousness of Christ!
He is able to give me grace.
While sin continues to cling so closely to me, God keeps on giving me grace to live for Him! He gives me grace to know Him more and to choose His perfect way. He gives me grace to live a life that will actually bring glory to His name.
I am so unable, but I serve a great God who is wholly able!
Jude 24-25 Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.