We Can Do More than We Think We Can: Wednesday Devotional

Exodus 4:10-11 Moses said to the Lord, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”

Moses didn’t believe that he was the right person to lead the children of Israel from slavery in Egypt, so he told the Lord that he couldn’t speak eloquently enough to confront a pharaoh. But God already knows what we can achieve, for Psalm 139: 13 states, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” He knew of Moses’s impediment before he recruited him!

Just imagine Moses’s astonishment and joy months later when he looked over that vast crowd of people as they waited to cross the Jordan River and realized that he had achieved more than he thought possible, just as the Lord had said that he would! I can see him saying, “I did it! Even with my stutter, I really did it! Thank you, Lord!”

To be asked to accomplish a ministry that seems a huge achievement that we just know we can’t do makes the task seem more daunting that it really is. But knowing that the Lord will equip us and will be there with us throughout the journey assure us that we can do so much more than we believe.

His Holy Spirit abides in us when we come to accept the Lord Jesus as our Savior and Lord. Ephesians 3:20-21 assures us of success, promising, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” His power works best in our weaknesses! Hallelujah!

When I was teaching, if a frightened and stressed-out student told me that they couldn’t write the assigned essay, I would assure them that they could. With help from me, they would not only write an essay, but would sometimes write the best essay of the class. Oh, the joy on their faces when they saw their grade! That confidence in their abilities would stay with them, afterward.

Yes, we can do so much more than we think we can do, and oh, the joy when we succeed in proving ourselves wrong! God never fails!

Dear Wonderful Holy Father,

Sometimes I must remember that there is nothing too hard for you, and that includes helping me be the Christian that You called me to be. When I have said, “I can’t,” You have countered with, “You can, with my help.” You amaze me in how much You know me so much better than I know myself. You take our weaknesses and use them for Your glory! I stand in awe of You. Thank you for allowing me to see what I am capable of, especially in the times when I just know I will fail. You’ve never failed me, Lord God. In Jesus’s Name, Amen.

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