I Can't, But Jesus Can
“Faithful is He Who is calling you [to Himself] and utterly trustworthy, and He will also do it [fulfill His call by hallowing and keeping you].” (1 Thessalonians 5:24, AMP)
This verse comforts and reassures me that I can always count on Jesus. Paul calls Jesus “utterly trustworthy.” The proof of his claim is that Jesus was obedient and faithful unto death on the cross. Knowing I’m weak and cannot trust my own will power; I’m comforted to know that I can overcome every test, because Jesus is always with me and I am victorious in Him. I can make it most of the time, but with Jesus I make it all the time. When I can’t, the Holy Spirit reminds me that with Jesus I can. While I sometimes quit, Jesus never quits on me.
As the Prodigal Son, there were many times in my life where I gave up in defeat, but now as a born-again Son with Jesus as my Savior and friend, I never give up. When I am weak, Jesus is strong. When I am in need, Jesus provides for me in abundance. When I try to deceive myself, Jesus always speaks the truth. When I lose my way, Jesus takes my hand and leads me on the right path. When I sin and act selfishly, Jesus reminds me I am holy and helps me to willingly serve others. When I’m tempted to give in to fear, with Jesus I am bold and confident. When I wonder if things are going to work out, with Jesus I walk in hopeful expectation and know all is well. When I try to do just enough sometimes, with Jesus I strive for excellence all the time. When I respond in hurt and anger, with Jesus I walk in unconditional love and compassion all the time. When I’m attacked by Satan’s forces of darkness, with Jesus I have victory by His grace.
Child of God, have you come to know the unwavering truth of Jesus’ nature? He is always faithful and utterly trustworthy. Even when you can’t, I encourage you to remember that with Jesus, you can!
Father, thank You for the unwavering faithfulness and trustworthiness of Jesus my Savior. Holy Spirit, teach me to be faithful, to look always to Jesus as my role model and remember that when I can’t, with Jesus I can. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.