I Can and I Can't

I cannot do this, cannot live with this, not happening,…, - these are statements that we make almost every day in our lives. I’m not sure about you but I say it and think about giving up at least once a week. It is quite easy we think, to give up on something and get back to being normal and living our usual lives. But I bet and I can say this for sure that, if a person is picked to do something extraordinary, no matter what happens after that, ordinary becomes impossible and living an ordinary life will be all the more cumbersome.

Valuable time and days are lost fighting this calling. If only we give in to God’s call and simply walk behind Him, we’ll find out soon that He is in fact walking beside us. God calls the unprepared, the unfit, unworthy and prepares them before giving to them what would change the lives of generations. 1 Corinthians 1:27 says, ‘’But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.”

Isn’t it more honourable to be used by the hands of God than struggling to scale heights on our own? But I’ve seen that it calls for immovable faith and an undoubting heart to answer God’s call. How do we get there? Not possible on our own again; because the current state of life and the happenings around us will always point to the haplessness. Hebrews 11:1 defines faith thus - 'Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.'  We need to start looking with eyes of faith; empowered by the Spirit of God in constant conversation with the spirit of man. Believe me it is not easy.

Dr Maltz, a famous plastic surgeon in 1950s says that it takes a minimum of 21 days to form or break a habit. It is so with faith too. It doesn’t happen overnight. Faith calls for a willing heart and a submissive mind that will make a choice and continuous effort to believe. Being nourished with God’s unfailing word every day and meditating on it day and night, strengthens this failing heart. When the power of God is unleashed in our lives, it becomes impossible to live ordinary lives. 

II Kings 13:21 talks of an incident where a dead man’s body sprung back to life when it touched Elisha’s lifeless bones. Such will be the power of God manifested in the lives of people who say, 'I can and I will, for God’s strength is made perfect in my weakness; therefore I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.'