He Is Able
by Joni Eareckson Tada
Dear Dewey,
“Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.”
Hebrews 7:25
Able… able-bodied… disabled… disability. As a quadriplegic, I am very familiar with the word, able. There is so much I am not able to do, whether it’s playing the piano, embroidering, vacuuming, holding a pen or pencil, or peeling an orange. My muscles simply aren’t capable (another one of those words with able in it).
This is why I love the many verses in scripture which describe our God as able. Today’s verse reminds us God is able to save completely. Because Jesus lives and is no longer subject to death, He is able to utterly save and to extend His salvation to anyone who comes to God through Him. Second Timothy 1:12 assures us God is able to keep saving us all the way until the day we go to Glory. First Chronicles 17:10 tells us God is able to subdue all of our enemies, including the powers of darkness who try to erode our joy and peace of mind. Philippians 3:21 reminds us God is the authoritative ruler, able to subdue all things to Himself. Finally in Matthew 9:28, Jesus asks a troubled blind man, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”
I want to be like that blind man. I may have a disability, but my confidence rests in the Savior. I say with the blind man, “Yes, Lord, have your way in my life.”
If you have a disability, God can be your “ability.” Plan a study around the verses listed today and celebrate Ephesians 3:20-21, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine… to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
Lord Jesus, there is nothing missing in Your character or Your ability to save, sustain, succor, and subdue. I praise You because You are ABLE!
Joni and Friends
Taken from Pearls of Great Price
Copyright © 2006
By Joni Eareckson Tada
Published in Print by Zondervan, Grand Rapids
All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible: New International Version.
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