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18 July - God Is Able

One of the greatest tragedies in life and our faith walk is not unanswered prayers but unoffered prayers. We didn't pray and ask, so we never knew what could have happened if we had chosen to stop and pray.

We can become so self-reliant that we forget to pray and ask God what he is doing. Perhaps it's because we underestimate ourselves, others, and situations and can underestimate God.

Underestimating is underrating, thinking less of, misreading, and being wrong about.

Moses, a famous leader in history, was responsible for leading several million people out of captivity in Egypt to the land God had promised them.

The Israelite story is known because God fulfilled his promises even though it looked impossible. Interestingly the Israelites are also known for their repeated complaining and underestimation of God.

Even when God parted the waters of the Red Sea so that they could all walk through on dry land, brought water forth from the rock to quench their thirst in the desert, provided manna from heaven to feed them, and caused their clothes not to wear out, they still underrated and thought less of God's love and supernatural ability to care for them than they should have.

When the people grew tired of eating the manna God had provided for them in the middle of the desert, they started complaining and muttering about how much better it was back in Egypt because they wanted to eat some meat.

In response to their grumbling, Moses took it upon himself to figure out how to feed all the people. He said to God, "Shall flocks and herds be slaughtered for them, to provide enough for them? Or shall all the fish of the sea be gathered for them to provide enough for them?" (Numbers 11:22)

Moses believed that supplying enough food for everyone could not be done. Even though he had seen God do amazing, awe-inspiring feats of provision, He still underestimated God's ability and goodness.

Ever patient, God replied, "I will give you meat, and you shall eat it..for a whole month, you shall eat it." For has the Lord's arm been shortened? Now you shall see whether what I say will happen or not." (Numbers 11:20;23)

The result of God's provision for meat was flocks of Quail flying into the camp in the middle of the desert to provide their meat for 30 days. There was so much meat that the Israelites grew tired of eating it.

God's message was," Stop underestimating who I am and what I can do". He still says it to us today because we often try to figure it out alone when we have a need in our life or a desire in our hearts. We reason just like Moses with our minds and intellect on how it will happen. However, in doing so, we can also underestimate God.

Fortunately, our reasoning does not limit God, nor is He dependent on anything or anyone to fulfil His word and promises. What He says, He will do because He can do things any way He wants!

Whatever your need and desire in your heart is today, God wants to be your source and supplier. He has more power in his whisper than any other noise in the universe.

You don't have to figure out in your natural mind how He will get it to you. All you need do is put your faith into gear, believe that what God says in His word is true, and position yourself to receive. The rest is up to God!

Today let's stop reasoning and underestimating God and instead believe that God can do what He says He will and can, and then get ready to receive.

"My God supplies all my needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:19)

"Now to Him who is able to (carry out His purpose and) do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think (infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams), according to His power that is at work within us." (Ephesians 3:20 AMP)

Prayer: Lord, please forgive me when I underestimate and underrate you, and help me to remember that you have more power in your whisper than all the noise in the universe. Help me to lift my expectation, to know and receive the promises in Your Word, and to position myself every day to receive. In Jesus' name Amen.

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