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GOD CAN! is a topical sermon by Earl White.
Psalms 78:19, "Yea, they spake against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?"
Dr. Harold Sightler preached a great sermon on this text. I have borrowed the idea from him but not the sermon.
This question would not be so absurd if God had not parted the Red Sea. Think of all the mighty miracles that God worked in the land of Egypt in the process of delivering them. We must answer as Christians with a loud Amen! God can:
I. GOD CAN SAVE THE UNSAVABLE.
God saved Saul of Tarsus; Acts 9:1-6, "And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.
And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said, Who art thou, Lord?
And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do."
I doubt seriously if the early church was praying for Saul’s conversion. Is Saul of Tarsus a candidate for salvation? I don’t think so. But God has the ability to save the unsavable.
God saved the whole city of Nineveh; Do you think that Jonah prayed for the salvation of those in Nineveh? I think he thought they were unsavable. However, Jonah discovered that God is able to save the unsavable.
God saved homosexuals in Corinth; What about God saving the homosexual? 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God."
II. GOD CAN RESTORE THE UNRESTORABLE.
God restored David; David was guilty of the murder of Uriah and adultery with his wife. Surely David can’t be restored; Read Psa. 51.
God restored Peter after his denial; Matt 26:69-75 and compare John 21:15-22. I can imagine that Peter would like to have crawled in a spider-hole with Saddam Hussein. Jesus didn’t even bring it up. It had been settled when Peter went out and wept bitterly. What our Lord forgives he forgets.
III. GOD CAN DO THE UNTHINKABLE.
Elisha and the axe head; 2 Kings 6:5-6, "But as one was felling a beam, the axe head fell into the water: and he cried, and said, Alas, master! for it was borrowed. And the man of God said, Where fell it? And he shewed him the place. And he cut down a stick, and cast it in thither; and the iron did swim."
These words came from the lips of a man who was trying to do good with a borrowed axe. The axe-head fell off and in went to the bottom of the Jordan River. What do you think this man thought when Elisha put the stick into the water? What happened was unthinkable.
He can raise the dead; Mark 5:35-43. read this passage and you will discover that those associated with this man and his daughter had accepted that she was dead and there was no more need for Jesus. However, that’s not how Jesus thought. Jesus as the incarnate God in a human body had no problem with raising the dead. He did because God can do the unthinkable.
He can be everyplace at once; Matthew 10:29 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. It is unthinkable that even God has the power and presence and omniscience to know when a sparrow falls to the ground anywhere in planet earth. However, God can.
God can recall every idle word; Matthew 12:36, “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.” We better watch what we say because this is going to happen because He said it is. How big is our God? Can God remember every idle word that we say, even the ones we say under our breath? God can.
IV. GOD CAN SUPPLY THE UNSUPPLIABLE.
2 Corinthians 8:1-4, "Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia; How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality.
For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power they were willing of themselves; Praying us with much entreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints."
People who are involved in faith-promise missions can learn from these verses. Paul uses the words “deep poverty” to describe them. Yet he said they gave beyond their power. It is not hard to figure out that if they were giving beyond their power, God was supplying them with money to give.
What do we learn from this? We learn that when God supplies we can promise money that we don’t have to give to His work. Can God furnish a table in the wilderness? God can.
May the Lord bless these word to our hearts.
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