August 26th 2010

Our God Is Able

“…you shall fall down and worship the gold image that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up; and whoever does not fall down and worship shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.”
Daniel 3:3-6 (NKJV)

Three young Jewish boys, probably teenagers, who had been taken to Babylon as captives after the fall of Jerusalem (Daniel 1:1-7) refused to obey this royal command. In verses 12 and 13 of chapter 3 we are told about this refusal, and of course as you would expect, the rage and fury of the King. Then he gives them one more chance to obey and fall down before his golden idol and worship, otherwise it is the furnace for all three of them, and then he adds; “And who is the god who will deliver you from my hands?” (Verse 15) Oops! This is what we might call a ‘backs against the wall situation!’ But notice the answer they gave to this great King of Babylon; “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up” (verses 16-18).

What courage, what faithfulness, what a great story of three young men who were willing to stand up and be counted! And of course, God does rescue and deliver them and they get promoted! (verses 19-30).

Just like Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego, we too worship the God who is able! As Christians, our confidence and boldness is not in our own performance, our own ability, or our own strength, but in the “God who is able!” Paul cries out at the end of his short prayer for the church in Ephesus; “Now to him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20-21 NKJV).

Let me quote several other “God is able” statements that occur in the New Testament. These statements are tremendously encouraging, and will give us confidence and boldness in the face of adversity.

Hebrews 7:25: “Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.”

Hebrews 2:18: “For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.”

Jude 24-25 “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, And to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, To God our Saviour, Who alone is wise, Be glory and majesty, Dominion and power, Both now and forever. Amen.”

Father, thank you that in all things, “You are able!”

Study by Cliff Neill

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