Can't Do it on My Own

Posted by Shirley Ferguson on

It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.  – Psalm 18: 32 NIV

“It is God who arms me with strength.” I can’t do it (life or anything) without my Lord. Think of your weaknesses, what you struggle with. That weakness is a gift from God. Many times when I feel that I am doing well, that I’ve got things under control, that I can do it (maybe getting a little proud of myself)—then, bump, I run right into that weakness! I fall right flat on my bum, and cry, “God, I need Your help, I can’t do it on my own.” And God gives me strength. Exactly what He wanted to do all along. 

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV), God said to Paul in the first century. One of my weaknesses is my self-consciousness. I so easily can feel overwhelmed being around people, even people I know. I have the urge to escape, to hide, maybe even to cry. This doesn’t happen as often as it did in the past. But it still happens. It happened recently at a conference I was attending. I was standing in line—all alone, surrounded by people. I wanted to run to my room and skip eating altogether. Instead I reached in my pocket and pulled out my memory verses. God’s Word immediately soothed my soul. He gave me the peace I needed to go to lunch and meet friends.

So when those weaknesses raise their ugly heads, thank God! They are there to remind us that indeed we cannot do it on our own.

Submitted by:
Shirley Ferguson
Oakridge Community Church
Clarksville, Maryland

One-Year Bible Reading
Nehemiah 3:15-5:13
1 Corinthians 7:25-40
Psalm 32:1-11
Proverbs 21:5-7

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