Charles Stanley (January-21-2021) Daily Devotional: Our God Is Able
Jude 1:24-25 - 24 Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, 25 to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.
Unfortunately, there are times when, no matter how hard we try or how talented we may be, we fail. How are we to succeed when the odds are against us? For believers in Christ Jesus, the answer is to live with the knowledge that God works despite our weaknesses.
In Genesis, Sarah doubted when the Lord prophesied the birth of her son. “Is anything too difficult for the Lord?” He replied (Gen. 18:14 - Is anything too difficult for the LORD? At the appointed time I will return to you, at this time next year, and Sarah will have a son). Within a year, Sarah gave birth to baby Isaac. She saw that God was able.
Moses was scared when God sent him to Pharaoh to demand that the Hebrew slaves be released. “Who am I,” he asked, “that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt?” (Ex. 3:11 - But Moses said to God, Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt?). God replied that He Himself would release Israel, which He did in a miraculous way. Moses saw that God was able.
On our own, we can accomplish nothing (John 15:5 - I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing). But with God, we have access to power beyond our comprehension (1 Chronicles 29:12 -Both riches and honor come from You, and You rule over all, and in Your hand is power and might; and it lies in Your hand to make great and to strengthen everyone.). If you are overcome by burdens in your life, it is time to trust the only One who can carry your heavy load (Matt. 11:28-30 - Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light). Then you will see for yourself that He is able.