Oh yes, God can
Oh yes, God can
“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen” (Ephesians 3:20-21).
Doubt kept the Israelites out of the land of Promise. And doubt will keep us from claiming the promises He has given to us.
Only those who wholly followed the Lord in faith were able to claim His promises. There had to be a new generation and Caleb and Joshua were included in the victorious claim of Canaan, because they never doubted that “God can!”
The people were always asking, “Can God?” and forgetting the wonders of the Lord before them. Beginning with Psalm 78:12 (KJV), we can read a summary of the “Marvelous things did he in the sight of their fathers, in the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan.”
There is no strength in unbelief. We can count on God for his goodness and faithfulness. What a mighty truth! Surely, after all the miracles God gave to the Children of Israel, their faith would have been perfected in Him.
First of all, they were delivered from Egypt, then He divided the sea for them to pass. He led them through the wilderness with a cloud and a pillar of fire. He provided food and water. “Behold, he smote the rock, that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed; can he give bread also? Can he provide flesh for his people?” Psalm 78:19 KJV).
Even after Israel murmured and complained — the Israelites were mad at Moses, at Aaron, at God, looking back, grumbling about their food — still, God was long-suffering and supplied their needs.
They were like the little girl who was whining and decided she wanted a worm. Trying to appease the little darling, her father brought her a worm. “Fry it,” she said. So he did. “Cut it in half,” she said. So he did. “You eat half and I’ll eat half.”
Going all the way, her dad ate half the worm. She started howling again all the louder. “Now what?” he asked.
“You ate my half,” she pouted.
The Israelites were hungry, God sent manna. “No, we want some meat.” God sent quail. Never satisfied, they were always testing God, and pouted like spoiled children.
When they asked “Can God?” in unbelief, God was hurt and wounded. His children did not trust Him. They were not depending on His goodness and faithfulness.
The preacher Andrew Murray said, “Say this — ‘God can.’ That will clear up many a problem. That will bring you through many a difficulty in your life. We must ask and expect God will do unlooked-for things.”
We must set our faith on the God of our confidence.
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