I Can’t, He Can
Therefore, brothers, make every effort to confirm your calling and election, because if you do these things you will never stumble.
2 Peter 1:10
I was recently traveling home from an emergency trip to care for my mother. These drives have become a desperate plea for wisdom and reassurance. My heart is low and I want the “once and for all” confidence in the callings of my life: honoring a husband, raising children, encouraging women in cancer. In the constant search of my life steps I doubt the plan and wonder if God uses me at all.
My pattern goes like this: hear from God, start out strong, and come to, “Are you sure? I can’t do this.”
I become critical and, truth is, I think God might be, too.
“Jesus please show me something… anything!”
Bobbie is a cancer survivor. So am I.
Her platform is cancer. So is mine.
She believes her cancer is a blessing. Me, too.
Cancer has opened doors to share the Gospel. Ditto.
Then the billboard comes: “FIght Cancer”.
A few minutes later, another: “FIght Cancer”.
Inside these words, four letters are highlighted. They say, “I CAN.”
The Florida Hospital wants to raise cancer prevention awareness. Jesus wants to drive home His desire to fight cancer on the spiritual front. He wants to do it through me. The call is confirmed… three times!
The above Scripture tells me I should be constantly seeking confirmation so I can make sure I am aligned with God.
Matthew Henry explains it like this:
“It requires a great deal of diligence and labor to make sure our calling and election; there must be a very close examination of ourselves, a very narrow search and strict enquiry, whether we are thoroughly converted, our minds enlightened, our wills renewed, and our whole souls changed as to the bent and inclination thereof; and to come to a fixed certainty in this requires the utmost diligence, and cannot be attained and kept without divine assistance”
The problem comes in self condemnation.
James 1:5 says,
Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without criticizing, and it will be given to him.
My search for confirmation and reassurance is scripturally sound and I am growing in the knowledge of Jesus’ power in my life. Jesus gives me His grace and mercy because He is fully aware of my human condition. I’m a work in progress but with every step, Christ is giving me confidence in the authority He has established in me.
Lord, I pray we will be diligent to search our minds, our hearts, and our souls so that we will align ourselves with Your desires. Help us to not search Your will with a critical eye, but with one that seeks Your grace and power through us. Thank You for confirmations and reassurances of Your presence. Give us awareness of Your established authority so we can go forward with a confident heart. We are grateful for Your grace and mercy. We can’t, but You can.
I pray you Live Like You Know… where you are going.