– Woodrow Kroll
He is Able
I love what the Apostle Paul wrote in Philippians 3:3. He said, “We rely on what Christ Jesus has done for us. We put no confidence in human effort.” If we rely on God to do something, we know He is able, but if we rely on ourselves, we’re less than able because you and I “cannot make one hair white or black” (Matt 5:36), even if we swear on the Bible (which we’re not to do).
He is Sovereign
Nothing comes into our life before it passes through the nail-scarred hands of Jesus Christ. God never says, “Oh no, how did that happen?” Whatever happens to you today or has recently happened to you is no surprise to God, even if it is to us. Everything that happens, both good and bad, are part of the sovereign will of God and if it’s God’s will, we know that is the best thing for us (Rom 8:28).
He is Willing
God is more than willing and He is certainly more than able, so no matter what we pray for, we have confidence that God is able to do that which He has determined to do. For example, Paul writes that God “is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us” (Eph 3:20). For us, that’s good news because we can say with Paul that “I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that day what has been entrusted to me” (2nd Tim 1:12).
He is Worthy
For certain, our confidence is not in the flesh, because like all flesh, it will pass away like the flower. Rather, our confidence is in God, and what better place to put our confidence than in than the omnipotent (all-powerful) God? He is certainly most worthy of our praise and adoration, regardless of what our circumstances look like. I would rather believe in a God I cannot see than what I do see and not believe in God.
Christ-followers know that God is able to do whatever He deems best for us (Rom 8:28), knowing that He is sovereign even over the sparrow that falls to the ground (Matt 10:29). We know that He is more than willing and most worthy, so we put no confidence in the flesh. Our confidence is in God and that’s just where it should be.