Wednesday, May 20, 2015

You Say, “I am not able.”


This isn’t the best of graphics – I cropped and resized from a screen capture. I found it after searching for one of the scriptures from a set of cards our missions group made. In case you can’t read the reference for what God said:

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: (2 Corinthians 9:8 KJV)

The cards our group created has the “You Say”  on one side and the “God Says” on the other. I must admit I glued some of them together because I’m not talented as some of our ladies who make beautiful things from paper. We have provided them for several different missionaries to pass around, and offered them at our craft fair. They provide an opportunity for people to see that we often have the same feelings, the same questions for God. Such as, “I feel all alone.” Yet we read:

Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. (Hebrews 13:5 KJV)

No, never alone. Even when we say, “I am afraid.”

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7 KJV)

A sound mind? But, what if I’m not smart enough?

But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: (1 Corinthians 1:30 KJV)

Yes, He has provided wisdom to those who sought Him and asked in order that they might serve Him by helping others. Moses asked for help, he knew he could not face Pharaoh alone. And Solomon asked to help the people he was to govern. I venture to say both of them worried about their responsibilities. Peter tell us:

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. (1 Peter 5:6-7 KJV)

No one knows your particular situation, though. Why can’t they see how tiring it is to go from day to day, to the point it’s easy to say, “I can’t go on!” Then, He tells us:

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30 KJV)

Oh, there are so many more! The Bible has so many examples of His mercy and His grace – along with examples of His perfect judgment.

I read something from the Bible and get comfort and education from it even while I’m asking questions. I pray for my readers that they, too, will understand what a comfort it is as we figure things out.

Might one of your questions be, “Is He able?”

And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou Son of David, have mercy on us. And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord. Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you. (Matthew 9:27-29 KJV)

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