Over the years, I’ve reminded myself that, with God’s help, I can do anything God wants me to do, say anything he wants me to say, and go any place he wants me to go.
In spite of some setbacks along the way, those convictions have not changed. I still believe a thousand demons with ropes cannot tie down, or trip up, a foot that God has made sure. Nor could the devil, with missiles and machine guns, close a mouth, or a door, that the Lord has opened. Against all odds, the Lord’s servants can be anything he wants them to be. That’s the story of Esther, Samson, Noah, David, Ruth, Joseph, and a lot of other men and women of the Bible.
With such confidence, however, I’ve also had a few wake-up calls along the way. One of those eye-openers has been to discover that just because I have a dream in my heart doesn’t mean God put it there. Maybe even more importantly, a growing awareness of what I can’t do (and what God won’t do with me) seems to be just as important as believing that, with God, all things are possible.
So before we go on, what are you thinking?
Do you also struggle with the tensions between the possibilities of “believing” and the realistic limitations that God seems to have built into our lives?
Does being a follower of Christ make any difference in how we respond to what we can’t do?