When You Can't, God Can

When we are going through a trial it's hard to imagine how things will get better. God wants us to depend on Him in every trial we face. When we can't, God can. Because God loves us as dearly loved children, He is willing and able to turn our situation around as we depend on Him, trust in Him, and wait on Him.

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You might remember, in the book of Genesis, when Pharaoh had a disturbing dream foreshadowing the seven years of famine that would come upon Egypt. He summoned all of Egypt's wise men to interpret his dream, but no one could do it. (Genesis 41:8) Then the cupbearer who had been in prison with Joseph, remembered Joseph could interpret dreams, and he told Pharaoh, who had Joseph brought to him. He told Joseph, "I had a dream, and no one can interpret it. But I have heard it said of you that when you hear a dream you can interpret it." Joseph was the king's last hope. I imagine the pressure on Joseph to interpret the king's dream was, no doubt, intense.

Instead of making something up to humor the king, like other wise men probably did in hopes to save their neck, Joseph openly admits to Pharaoh "I cannot do it." (Genesis 41:16) Clearly this was not the answer Pharaoh wanted to hear. However, Joseph goes on to say "but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires." But God--I bet those two words were music to Pharaoh’s ears. Joseph couldn't give Pharaoh the answers he sought, but God would. (James 1:5) You may remember, God not only gave Pharaoh the interpretation to his dream, but He used Joseph mightily to prepare Egypt for the impending famine--allowing Joseph the opportunity to exercise his gift of administration.

What are you facing today that only God can turn around? No matter what you are facing, no matter what you may face, no matter what your need—rest assured, when you can’t, God can. The two best things we can do when we are at a loss: 
1. Search the Bible for what God says on the subject. (Psalm 119:97-100)
2. Pray. (James 1:5-8)

Apart from Jesus we can do nothing (John 15:5), but with God all things are possible (Matt. 19:26)!

Question for you: What comfort do you find in knowing that wherever we fall short, when we look to God for help, He is there ready to make the impossible possible? 

 

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22 comments:

  1. Hi Brooke! I am visiting after my first post at SDG.

    I do take comfort in God being there for me. My husband has been out of work for over a year, and it gets scary sometimes.

    But I know that I have no control, and I need to let go of it and trust. As you quoted from the Bible "with God all things are possible." I have faith in that.

    Nice to meet you :)

    Peace in Christ,
    Ceil

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    1. Hi, Ceil! Nice to meet you, too! I agree, the ever-presence of God is such a comfort. Here's a couple of posts I thought might encourage you as you wait on the Lord to provide work for your husband. Praying the Lord leads your husband to the perfect job--one that your husband will love and that will cover all your expenses and then some. God bless you immeasurably!

      My God Shall Supply All Your Needs
      http://brookeespinoza.blogspot.com/2012/12/my-god-shall-supply-all-your-needs.html

      God Will Provide
      http://brookeespinoza.blogspot.com/2010/07/god-will-provide.html

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  2. Hi, Brooke...

    Thank you for such a wonderful post! It's always good to have a reminder to listen to the "But God..." in our own "impossible" situations to remember the possibility within them.

    Blessings,
    Harmony

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    1. Thanks, Harmony! I love how you put it--"to remember the possibility within our own "impossible" situations." God bless you massively!

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  3. God is never surprised - He already has a plan, an answered prayer in the works even before I ask - I've learned that the hard way - through experience - and what an amazing lesson! Thanks for reminding me:)

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    1. I love that about God--that He is never surprised. I'm so glad my trials never catch Him by surprise as they do me. As you so beautifully put it, "He already has a plan, an answered prayer in the works even before I ask." We are so blessed! God bless you enormously!

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  4. So thankful that God Can! We have seen Him answer prayer miraculously for which we are grateful. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Me too, Ellen! So thankful for God's goodness and faithfulness, He pours out in my life. God bless you greatly!

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  5. A friend of mine gave me a beautiful placque of a grape vine to hang on my wall and remind me of it's beautiful lesson and for me to remain in Him.

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    1. That's wonderful, and sounds so beautiful! God bless you richly!

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  6. Beautiful post, Brooke. There is great comfort in knowing where I fall short, God is there. What really touches me is knowing that I don't even have to try it on my own, He is there from the very beginning.

    Thanks for linking up with Woman to Woman's Word Filled Wednesday! Please join us again next week!

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    1. Thanks, Jenifer! Yes, I love the ever-presence of our God! It is such a comfort to know He is always there! (Isaiah 41:10)God bless you abundantly!

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  7. This was quite a blessing. Just the words that 'When I can't, God can' are very special to my heart right now.

    I stopped over from Women Living Well. Hoping you have a wonderful day!!

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    1. Thank you, Judith! So glad this blessed you. God bless you completely!

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  8. Dear Brooke
    This is so true! Without God we cannot do anything! I need to trust Him everyday for everything, for my chronic illness has taught me how totally dependent we are on our Pappa God for even he small little things we usually don't spare a thought for.
    Much love XX
    Mia

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    1. Thanks, Mia! I think its the small things we take for granted that show just how great our God is to us that we give no thought to so many things because He has provided all along and we know He will be faithful to continue to do so. He takes such great care of us! God bless you hugely!

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  9. Good message. Too many times we try to fix things on our own and fail. We need to always remember that even though we cannot, God can. Thank you for this reminder.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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    1. Thanks, Charlotte! Yes I totally agree, "Too many times we try to fix things on our own and fail." May God always be our first resort. God bless you extraordinarily!

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  10. I think the one area where I take comfort in is in discipling my children. I do what I know to do - but like every parent, I often wonder if I am doing enough in raising them to be obedient, respectful children. But my mom once assured me that God's grace fills the holes where we have failed. This is not an excuse to be flippant about a truly sobering task, but it is comforting to know that if I am leaving something undone because of my own ignorance, God will fill in the pieces. Thanks for linking this wonderful up with me at A Little R & R Wednesdays. I hope you'll be back by to link up again.

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    1. I love that, Rosilind! "God's grace fills the holes where we have failed.This is not an excuse to be flippant about a truly sobering task, but it is comforting to know that if I am leaving something undone because of my own ignorance, God will fill in the pieces." It is comforting to know as I strive to do my best unto the Lord, wherever I fall short He is working all things in my life to good. (Romans 8:28) God bless you greatly!

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  11. "When you can't, God can." I loooove that! And amen to that. Isn't it wonderful to know that God can handle anything and that we can trust Him?

    There are those moments when we forget and start to worry about things, and it all comes back to remembering Who He is and that God's got this! ;)

    Thanks for linking up to the "Making Your Home Sing Monday" linky party! :)

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    1. You said it so perfectly! This is the key to overcoming fear and worry in our life, "It all comes back to remembering Who He is and that God's got this!;)" This is what leads to being kept in perfect peace "You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You." (Isaiah 26:3)God bless you massively!

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Thank you for taking the time to share. May God bless you richly!