Monday, February 20, 2006

The God We Serve Is Able

Most of the people who frequent this blog could tell you a story about a time when the odds were long and the forecast was dark. It didn't look good. In fact, it looked downright awful.

And then God mysteriously and miraculously came through!

The doctors were baffled. Your neighbors couldn't explain it. Your friends and relatives just laughed and hugged and danced and cried. It was amazing how God came through with just what was needed at exactly the right time.

We love stories like that. We ought to celebrate those kinds of stories, repeating them over and over to our children and our grandchildren. Stories of God's deliverance produce in us the kind of faith we need to survive life on this earth. They remind us that the God we serve is able to do exceedingly, abundantly more than all we can ask or even imagine.

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego make this tremendous statement of faith in the face of considerable odds. The King has just summoned them and makes it very clear to them that they must obey his will or be killed. Their response is classic:

"O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king" (Daniel 3:16b-17).

I do not think it is possible for us to meditate on this statement enough: "The God we serve is able".

The God we serve is the God who gave a child to a barren couple who trusted him.
The God we serve is the God who brought 10 plagues down on the Egyptians.
The God we serve is the God who split the Red Sea in two.
The God we serve is the God who provided manna in the wilderness.
The God we serve is the God who crushed the walls of Jericho.
The God we serve is the God who did all these things and more, and he has not lost one ounce of strength.

He is able to heal, deliver, restore, repair, forgive, redeem and do all sorts of things we cannot even imagine.

Today, let this be your statement: The God we serve is able!