I Can't Do That

June 28, 2000
by Simon MacInnis

Matthew 19:26 – Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." (NIV)

Alex was trying to learn a new Bible verse. It wasn't an easy one to learn, so Alex gave up.

"I can't do it," he said.

"You cannot or you will not?" Grandpa asked.

"What's the difference?" Alex asked.

"Tell me some things you really can't do," said Grandpa.

Alex thought about this for a moment and responded with this: "I can't swim across the ocean, I can't dig a hole to China, and I can't disappear," he said.

"Very good!" said Grandpa. "Now, is learning one Bible verse one of those kinds of things?"

Alex thought again. He had learned many Bible verses before. He knew he could learn this one if he worked long enough and hard enough. "I can learn this Bible verse," Alex said, "And I will!"

Consider some things that we really cannot do, such as jumping over a building, flying by flapping two arms, or memorizing the whole Bible in an hour. In our daily lives, sometimes we get too caught up in just doing the tasks at hand that we become overwhelmed and begin to tell ourselves that we can't do these things. The end result is that we see ourselves as failures or low achievers. But when we turn to God for the strength we need to accomplish our daily tasks, then we are able to accomplish more than we can imagine.

Ephesians 3:20-21 – Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (NIV)

Prayer: Sovereign Lord, teach and guide us to know what we really cannot do, as well as what we should not do. Help us, Lord, to discern more effectively what we can do and what we should do. Give us the daily strength to accomplish our everyday tasks that seem so daunting. Then show us how to do what You want us to do. In your name we pray. Amen.

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Simon MacInnis
Woodstock, New Brunswick, Canada

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