When You Just Can’t, He Can

There are days I feel like I just can’t do it. I mean whatever “it” is that day. Showing patience to others, cleaning my house, going to work, making ends meet–I have my limits. I’m not a bottomless well of resources.

Maybe you feel this way too sometimes. Maybe it’s exhaustion or the impossibility of what you must accomplish. No matter what it is, you’re right. You alone can’t do it.

“I don’t have to shoulder the world because God has the world in His hands.”

-Earl Grey and Yellow

For a long time, I tried to shoulder the whole world. This is not only backbreaking but soulbreaking too. Allowing everything to press on me without looking to God for help was a foolish refrain. I repeated that refrain for too long. Finally, I had to give in.

There’s something freeing about learning your own limits and abandoning your pride. Acknowledging my own smallness and weakness was an unexpected gift. Once I got it through my thick skull, life got easier. I don’t have to shoulder the world because God has the world in His hands.

In 2 Corinthians 9:8, Paul helps the stubborn and the woefully independent understand that God is our provision when life piles up:

“And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”

-2 Corinthians 9:8 NIV

There it is! The supply is unlimited in God’s economy. He wants us to draw from His account. It’s never depleted. He is infinitely more creative and capable than we are of figuring things out.

Father, forgive me for forgetting my most precious resource, You. Your mercy and grace cover me. They go before me and equip me for every task and situation. Help me to set my mind on You instead of my own abilities. You alone make a way for me. Thank you for Your goodness and Your patience with my stubborn heart. In Jesus’ Name, AMEN.

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