When You Just “Can’t”

I can’t do this.

A phrase that is not shy when it comes to making an appearance in my mind. Sometimes it comes dressed more specifically

There’s no way I can get past that

I can’t forgive myself

I can’t stop caring about what they think of me

I can’t let him go

There’s no way that relationship will ever be restored

I can’t overcome all of this, it’s too much

And you know what? I am right. There are many things I can’t do.

Thankfully, I belong to a God who CAN, and so do you. On an even more relieving note, we don’t have to do anything to earn His help. Once we have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we have access to His unending, unconditional support and strength.

In John 5, we see Jesus heal a man who has been paralyzed for a long, long time. Jesus approaches the man to offer healing and says “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.” Immediately the man was healed. He got up and walked.

Jesus didn’t say “when the paralyzed man walks to me I will heal him”. Jesus went to the man, He met him right where he was. He knew that the man wasn’t strong enough to come on his own. Jesus did, however, require the man to use a little faith.

Get up

Unfortunately, many of us don’t get up when Jesus asks us to. We are quick to blame Him for not helping us, but are we letting Him? What if the man had looked at Jesus and said “I can’t“? He would have never known he could walk if he had not stepped out in faith.

I don’t know about you, but I imagine that my initial impulsive response to Jesus may have been something along the lines of “Don’t you see that I am paralyzed and it is impossible for me to walk?”. Sometimes in order to be healed, we need to take a step that seems impossible. We need to say “yes” instead of “I can’t”. If we don’t move, we may never get out of the position we are in.

The popular Idiom “take a leap of faith” is cute, but it can sound a bit overwhelming. We don’t always have to leap. Sometimes we just need to take a step.

What area of life is God asking you to move in? Where is He asking you to take a step of faith?

There are many things we cannot do, but there is nothing He cannot do.

Let’s turn “I can’t” into “God can”.

“‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” Mark 9:23

“…for apart from me you can do nothing” John 15:5

Further reading: Romans 8:37, Luke 18:27

Stepping Outside of Your Comfort Zone:

  • Is there a particular situation in your life where “I can’t” is the comfortable response?

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