Give Thanks Because God is Able

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At times, the circumstances of life can hit us hard. Are we without hope? Absolutely not!

No matter what we face, we can give thanks because God is able.

The Bible is full of examples of those who faced various adversities, but by faith declared, “God is able.”

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego faced the option of being thrown into the fiery furnace for refusing to bow down to the golden statue. While staring death in the face, they declared, “God is able.”

“Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied, ‘O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you.  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 3:16-17 NLT)

Give thanks because God is able.

King Amaziah became king over Judah, which was the Southern Kingdom. Israel became the Northern Kingdom. At this time in history, the kingdom was divided. Israel stopped worshipping the Lord, while Judah still did. King Amaziah counted his army and he felt he did not have enough experienced soldier, therefore, he hired and paid 100,000 experienced fighting men from Israel to join Judah. But then a man of God approached King Amaziah and informed him that the Lord is not with Israel and the troops will be defeated if Israel is allowed to fight with the men of Judah.

“Amaziah asked the man of God, ‘But what about all that silver I paid to hire the army of Israel?’

The man of God replied, ‘The Lord is able to give you much more than this!’ So Amaziah discharged the hired troops and sent them back to Ephraim. This made them very angry with Judah, and they returned home in a great rage.” (2 Chronicles 25:9-10 NLT)

Give thanks because God is able.

After Jesus raised a young girl back to life, he left the house to go to where He was staying. While on the way two blind men followed Jesus asking for mercy.

“When he entered the house, the blind men came to him, and Jesus said to them, ‘Do you believe that I am able to do this?’ They said to him, ‘Yes, Lord.’” (Matthew 9:28 ESV)

Give thanks because God is able.

While sitting in prison, the Apostle Paul wrote a letter to Timothy and encouraged him to be faithful—even in times of suffering.

“That is why I am suffering here in prison. But I am not ashamed of it, for I know the one in whom I trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until the day of his return” (2 Timothy 1:12 NLT).

Give thanks because God is able.

The writer of Hebrews explains that it was necessary that Jesus come as flesh and blood. For only then could He die in order to break the power of sin and death for us. He was tempted in every way we are tempted, yet never sinned and overcame death.

“Since he himself has gone through suffering and testing, he is able to help us when we are being tested” (Hebrews 2:18 NLT).

Give thanks because God is able.

Some of you may wonder, “Yes God is able, but will He do that for me?”

We find the answer in Romans 2:11,  For God does not show favoritism.”

And Genesis 18:14, “Is anything too hard for the Lord?”

What about Ephesians 3:20-21?

“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.”

Yes, dear one, God will do it for you! Therefore, let’s give thanks for God is able.

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