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You can’t, but God can
Pastor Mike Novotny
by Pastor Mike Novotny
December 15, 2022

Have you ever had one of those days when you say to yourself, “I just can’t”? Maybe you’ve been trying to trust God as you wait for the test results, but you just can’t do it for another 24 hours. Or you’ve done your best to love a friend with depression, but you’ve run out of patience. Or the kids have poked you 162 times with the interruption, “Mom! Mom! Mom!” and you’re ready to run and hide in the woods.

We all have moments when we feel like we simply can’t. We can’t love all these people. We can’t keep all these commands. Guess what? You’re right. You can’t. 

But God can! “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast” (1 Peter 5:10). There’s courage in these words! The God who is at your side and in your heart is the God of “all grace,” covering you with undeserved, promised love and compelling you to do what’s right. Your call to “eternal glory,” to spend forever saying, “Wow!” as you look into his face, fires you up to do the good works that God wants in this moment. And his never-ending power will make you strong and firm and steadfast today.

So don’t give up and don’t give in. It’s true that we’re so weak, but it’s also true that our God is so strong.

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