If we really trust that God is able to do all we can ever think of and more then it doesn’t matter how great the pressure is. What really matters is where the pressure lies. Whether it comes between us and God or whether it presses us nearer to Him. If we really think God is able to do all we could imagine and more, then we will be pressed closer to Him. That is what I want us to look at today.
Do we really think God is able? I mean do we? We doubt Him regularly. We struggle to believe that He is able to provide. We struggle to believe that He will carry us through. We struggle to believe that He is able to take care of us. We think all too often that we are going alone on this battlefield of life. This is a far cry from what He wants for us. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to be our comforter, guide into all truth, and our companion through this life (John 14:16-17, 26; Rom. 8:15-17). This is what we have from God to guide us and direct us. He has given us this Spirit of power, not fear (2 Tim. 1:7). Yet we still doubt He will provide or care for us.
I believe it is because we want to take care of ourselves. We want the world to take care of us. We think that if we will just do enough that we will be okay. We stress and worry and get failing health because of that. The question is why? Why do we do this?
I ask why, not only because of what I have written above but because we also see the world around us. We see that God has made an amazing creation. He has set the stars in the heavens. He has made all that we see, and so much more that we cannot see, and holds it all together by the power of His word (Heb. 1:3). But just think, that isn’t the really amazing part. It is very amazing that this is what He does but there is an even more amazing aspect. The most amazing part is that He created it all from nothing. He made it all. This means He created everything from nothing and made everything.
He did not just pull together already created stuff to make all this. No, He spoke it into existence, and BOOM, there it all was. Genesis 1 tells us that God said Let there be and there was, light, heaven, earth, water, animals, and humanity. That is power, and we think He can’t deliver us from our grief, stress, monetary struggles, illness, or any other thing we struggle with. We are only fooling ourselves when we think like that.
We see in several Scriptures that nothing is impossible or too hard for God. Such as Genesis 18:14 which is the story of Abraham and Sarah going to conceive and have a child. This they doubted but God told them nothing is too hard for Him to do. Next, we see the angel telling Mary in Luke 1:37 that nothing will be impossible with God. Then we see Christ telling the disciples that with man this is impossible but with God, all things are possible (Matt. 19:26).
Since this is true, don’t you think we can trust Him to take care of us in all situations? That He can carry us through the difficult times ahead? That He is for us and because of that nothing can be against us (Rom. 8:31).
Now, I don’t want anyone thinking that this means that God will give you a large sum of money, cars, houses, fame, and glory. No, He may do that, but this is saying that we can depend on Him to be here with us and guide us through storms that we encounter. He is our God and He will be with us. We can rest in Him and know that He has a good plan and that we are part of it. As such, we can rely on Him to provide what we need when we need it so we can perform our part in this plan to the best we can. God is able and He will bring to completion the good work He began in us (Phil. 1:6).
I will spend the next several posts writing of the things that God is able to do. I cannot outline all of them, as that would take tremendous time and writing effort, but I can do five. These five I think will more than cover what God is able to do for us. So look to Him because He is able.