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He is able

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He is able
Scripture: Ephesians 3:20, 21

 

In our prior two devotions we have explored the truth that God is faithful and that God is present, but we must also understand our God is able. I remember during a especially dark time in my life, long before I came to know Jesus as Lord, I prayed over and over to a God I did not know. In the course of a few months I found myself alone, living in my aunt’s spare bedroom, with my dad hanging on to life dying in ICU. Two very different but two very memorable prayers were uttered over and over again during this time: “Lord, please let me dad live” and “please send a woman in to my life who will love me and cherish me”.

 

I can clearly remember in the course of a few short days praying and crying in the bathroom floor of the restroom at the hospital, and a message from one of the nurses caring for my dad that changed my life forever. The message was from a former friend from high-school who was caring for my dad in ICU, that woman is now my wife of 5 years. Ultimately when the doctors came to us with the news that my dad was dying and they needed to remove him from life support, I was heartbroken. I remember asking how long he would take to die, they said a few days…

 

I can still remember the prayer my brothers and I prayed, gathered around the bed of my dad. I had asked everyone to leave so we could pray together, by the time we said “amen”, my dad had went on to be with the Lord, a few days had become a few hours. Though the Lord didn’t answer my prayer to let me dad live, 10 short months later as my firstborn son came in to the world, I looked in to the piercing blue eyes of my dad and his memory still lives on through my son today.

 

Scripture reminds us: 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. (Ephesians 3:20, 21 ESV) – not only is God faithful and present, but He is able. He is able to see past tomorrow, past next week, down through each second of our life and He is able to provide for us in ways we cannot comprehend.

 

Today maybe you have been praying night after night, day after day, and it seems as if God has failed to answer your prayer… but has He? Though God may not answer our prayers in the way we want or think we need, He will always provide what we truly need knowing the full impact of each door he closes, and each door He opens. Today let us trust Him and know that He is able to meet every need. May the lyrics of “God is able” by Hillsong remind us:

 

God is able
He will never fail
He is almighty God
Greater than all we seek
Greater than all we ask
He has done great things

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He is present

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He is present

Scripture: Psalm 46:1

 

Just as we saw in our devotion yesterday that God is faithful, He is also present. As a child and a teenager, my dad was not always present, or there, when I needed him. Some of the hardest, loneliest, and even most triumphant moments were spent without him to guide me, accompany me, or celebrate with me. In Scripture we are reminded through Jesus we become the sons and daughters of God and His Spirit has been sent in to our hearts crying out Abba, which means Father (Galatians 4:6). Even as our earthly mothers or fathers may abandon us, God in His unending faithfulness has promised He never will (Deuteronomy 31:6).

 

We are reminded in Scripture: God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1 ESV) God, unlike our friends and family, will not fail us. God will not leave us, He will not forsake us, He will not abandon us, He will not reject us, He can be trusted because He is faithful and true. We can struggle with God’s presence and He can seem far away or even removed from our circumstances but the question must be, if God feels far away, who has changed? Time and time again I find it is not the Creator of the Universe who loved me so much He gave His only Son to die the death I deserved, but me that has changed.

 

Today I wonder, is God present in your life? What moments can you see His hand at work in your life? What situations do you feel God giving you strength in? What moments have you hidden in His refuge? Does God feel far away? Has He changed or have you? The wonderful thing about being redeemed and in Christ is the inseparable love God has for us. May the words of Paul comfort us:

 

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38, 39 ESV)

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He is faithful

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He is faithful

Scripture: Lamentations 3:22, 23

 

Just over three years ago my family packed up and moved 4 hours away from everything and everyone I have ever known. In the days leading up to the move and the months that followed, I found myself in the midst of a storm. I remember feeling helpless to control my circumstances, alone, and afraid. For so long I have struggled with God’s decision to close the door where we were, and send me away from my friends, my family, my church, and everything that was familiar and comfortable.

 

In the months and years since we’ve moved, as distance always does, those who I have loved, ministered to and with, those who are dear to me, we have grown apart and my loneliness has only increased. It has been in the midst of this loneliness and heartache that God has demonstrated a truth that I will never forget: He is faithful and true in the midst of the storm and when we are all alone. Scripture paints this picture of God: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22, 23 ESV).

 

The writer of Lamentations had his fair share of heartache and loneliness as Jeremiah would witness the destruction of Jerusalem and the exile of the Hebrew people. Even in the midst of the chaos, heartbreak, and destruction because of the faithlessness of the nation of Israel, Jeremiah was reminded and was reminding the people that God was still faithful. Today if you are feeling hopeless, alone, if you feel like no one cares or understands, know that Jesus does. May the words of the hymn Great is Thy Faithfulness remind us that God is always faithful and true:

 

“Great is Thy faithfulness,” O God my Father,
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not
As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.

 

“Great is Thy faithfulness!” “Great is Thy faithfulness!”
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—
“Great is Thy faithfulness,” Lord, unto me!

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