God Is Able | Book Review
“Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.”
“God Is Able,” written by Priscilla Shirer, is an uplifting devotional that analyzes two verses from Paul’s the letter to Ephesians.
In this letter, Paul delves into how great God is, about how He goes above and beyond for us in every way. Paul is so amazed by God’s awesomeness that he can’t even come up with the literature to describe Him.
Shirer breaks down the meaning of Ephesians 3:20 into seven chapters in “God Is Able.” With each chapter, readers are reminded of God’s capability, His power, and His unconditional love. When you’re finished reading, you get a full grasp of not only how God is truly able to change your life, but that you have to believe that He is able to change your life.
Shirer uses examples from her personal life to illustrate how through prayer, God can turn life-hindering situations around. But she also wants us to realize that while we pray and ask God make the impossible possible, things don’t always go according to our plan. God is able to do more for us than we could possibly imagine. Things that haven’t even happened yet, God went in and intervened.
If you are a believer, than you already know that God is able. But if you’re like me, you may have difficulty applying this knowledge.
You may have doubts that God is actually moving in your life. Why? Because you think you’re problems are too trivial. You may feel as though you’ve lost faith and confidence in the power of God. You may feel as though that you can’t get through whatever is keeping you up late at night, what is hindering your work performance, what is causing you to lash out on your loved ones.
You have credit cards you can’t seem to pay off. You want the kids to do their homework. You’re in a dead-end, mentally, physically, and verbally relationship that you just can’t seem to leave. You have to choose between two schools for your athletic scholarship. You’re upset because you watched Scar kill Mufasa for the millionth time. You want to find your life partner. You can’t choose on a puppy to adopt. You’re child is constantly misbehaving in school and you’re worried about how you’re going to come up with the finances to send the other off to college. You’re nervous about your upcoming job interview.
All these problems can seem so trivial to one person, but so significant to the person directly dealing with the situation.
Shirer refers to your life’s problems as you “It.” She says your It is nothing that God can’t handle. If you believe your problems are beyond what God can do, you’re not believing hard enough. Because if you can believe in the same God who created the heavens and the earth, you can believe that the same God is intervening in areas of your life that you’re oblivious to. You may not fully understand what God is doing in your life, and you’re not supposed to. But you have to link the impossible with the possible. You have to believe in His will, not your own.
“He is constantly seeking to bring about the finest result in your circumstances, even though His methods are not always human-approved or understood,” (Page 63).
The biggest take-away from “God Is Able,” is being fully encouraged to change your prayer life, and to know that anything you’re praying for, God already has it handled.
Shirer also wants readers to understand that no matter our current situation, God never stops working on us, for us, and with us. He is constantly working in ways that may shock and humble you to realize just how truly amazing He is.
If you truly want to experience the “wow” moments in life, you simply cannot doubt God’s ability, because He is able.