Have you ever been to a friends house for dinner and it was so amazing that you had to get the recipe before you left? Then you went home cooked it yourself a couple days later and it was NOTHING like your friends! How does that happen? You followed the step by step directions and even used exactly what she used. Yet, it was still not what you were expecting.
I hope for you and me that this journey we have been on through Priscilla Shirer’s God is Able is not like such a recipe. I pray we do not look at this book as a way to follow a step by step guide and get what we want out of it. However, I hope we use the encouragement and the Word of God to move in us and truly see that He is Able.
As we wrap up this study let us not forget that our greatest struggles allow God to move in us, draw people to Him and help us shift our focus from the it we identified at the beginning of the study – to Him. I feel that often we, myself included, try to pack up God in a neat little box. We read what we want and pull out what we think we need. God has never been in a box and we should never put Him there. We cheat ourselves from the many blessings as well as the greatest relationship of our lives by putting him there. Our God is a no box required kind of God.
Let us be encouraged by many who have gone before us and tapped into the power of God and showed us how awesome our God truly is. I cant help but share with you one of my favorite lines in scripture. Let me set up the story for you.
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were some pretty amazing guys. They had been taken from their homes and thrust into a pagan city. They stood their ground and stood up for whom they believed in. God blessed them by making them governors over the king’s territories. One day King Nebuchadnezzar decided to make a huge statue to himself and demanded everyone bow. The boys refused and the king threatened to have them thrown in the furnace. They still refused and said this:
“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. But even if he does not, we want you to know. O king, that we will not serve your god or worship the image of gold you have set up.” Daniel 3: 16-18
I am sure they were scared to death. Yet, in the face of death they had such confidence. They declared before the king that their God was Able. They were thrown into the furnace that was heated seven times hotter than normal and they were rescued. Jesus showed up in that furnace and they emerged with no burns and did not even smell like smoke. The king was so amazed at what our God did that he praised God. Yes, God used this situation to show Himself to the boys and He got all the glory.
Be encouraged that God can rescue you from whatever fire you are in. He can and will save you. More importantly he wants to work out a miracle in your marriage, your relationships and your heart. Whatever you are going through with your husband he wants you to see Him. He wants you to turn to Him and keep your focus on Him and not your it. He is right there in the fire with us and we can come out of the fire not smelling like the smoke of the situation.
Let’s not put God in a box or write out a step-by-step guide to tapping into God’s power. We have all we need already in us through Christ to face whatever obstacle comes our way. God is able to work a miracle in our marriages and in our hearts if we would let him. God is Able.
EpNow to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine according to the power that is at work within us to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.