Can’t Say Can’t

Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:11-13 NKJV

Worry seems to be the besetting condition of many people. We worry if we have a lot. What if this happens, or what if that happens, I could lose everything. We also worry if we have little. Where will I get that when I need it? What will I do about this? There is in all situations something to worry about if that is what we choose to do.

The Apostle Paul had come to a place of contentment regardless of the current situation that he found himself in. Whether he had a lot, or whether he had nothing, his contentment came from a deep personal knowledge of the character and love of his heavenly Father. Because of this personal knowledge gained through experience and seeing with the eyes of faith he could say with settled confidence that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

This is the same conviction and state of living that all Christians should come to. The word can’t should not be in our vocabulary. God says we can (see above). That should settle it. Unfortunately it doesn’t always. The Lord calls us to do something for Jesus. We want to say, “I can’t do that.” God says, “You can do it through Christ’s strength”. You can almost see this ending up in the classic children’s argument. One says, “I can swing higher than that bush.” The other says, “No you can;t.” It quickly degenerates into; can, can’t, can, can’t, etc. This is understandable for children. But are we going to sit there and argue with God? He says we can. That ought to settle it.

Here is the issue. It is not that we can’t, because God says we can. It is a question of whether we will or won’t. It is really that simple and straightforward of a question. Will we, or won’t we do what He asks?

It really boils down to an issue of faith. Without faith is impossible to please God we are told in Hebrews. Peter also makes it clear that our faith will be tested to prove it is genuine. Our faith is the most precious thing that we possess, far more precious than gold or any other material thing. Jimmy Evans is quoted as saying, “God put giants in the Promised Land to keep unbelievers out.” Our trust in God’s ability rather than our own reasoning will be tested. God wants to be pleased by our overcoming faith in Him. He says we can. The question is, will we believe Him, step forward in faith, and do it? One thing is for sure, if God has called you to do it, you can’t say can’t.