Genesis 41:16 I Cannot, But God Can

“I cannot do it,” Joseph replied to Pharaoh, “but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires.” Genesis 41:16

Thinking that one can do anything on his own is a common view of many people. Very few people like the feeling of needing help to get something accomplished.

Unless someone does not want to do some task, most people will never say that they cannot do it when asked to do a task. They will push forward and do it without a care about the real outcome. It will appear as though they know what they are doing.

Pharaoh had a dream that no one could interpret. He was told Joseph could interpret it. Joseph says that he cannot interpret the dream, but God can.

When speaking words, it is easy for someone to say anything and everything without really speaking what is correct. It is common to hear people talk about things that they have no real idea or expertise in what they are discussing.

This is often done out of pride. No one wants to be seen is incapable of something, whether it is speaking or physically doing something. To admit that one cannot do something, is to admit a fault or weakness.

True believers in God have come to realize the true weakness of their own abilities and what God is actually able to do. They are quick to point people to God, rather to themselves. They are clothed with the humility that Christ portrayed and are unwilling to take credit for something that God is doing.

God has the amazing ability to do anything and everything Himself or through people who lean on Him for strength and ability. Without God giving breath of life and strength, no man can do anything at all. With God, nothing is impossible.

God is at work in your life. He is there to give you abilities to do things that would otherwise be impossible. He is also there to give you wisdom in the spiritual realm that the world cannot see nor understand.

As the world is trying to tell you that you can do anything on your own, point the world back towards God. Do not let the ways of the world corrupt your mind and filling you with selfish and false pride.

Lean on God for all of your abilities and understanding. Let God do what you cannot.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will trust God’s abilities over your own; that you will point the world towards God; that God will strengthen you to remove all pride in your life; and that you will be humble before man and God.

Genesis 41:16 Give God The Credit

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“I cannot do it,” Joseph replied to Pharaoh, “but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires.” Genesis 41:16

People all over the world are constantly looking for answers. Just like children, most adults like to ask the question, “why?”. They want answers as to why things happen as they do.

In the majority of cases, people seek those answers from other people or books that people have read. In that process many will choose the ways of the world to get their answer and will also be given the answer that the world gives.

Those that give the answer, will usually take full credit for that answer. The want to be seen as the person with the wisdom and knowledge. People want to feel as though they are really important and are somebody.

Many believers have fallen into this trap of taking the credit for what they say or do. They feel as though they are the ones who had full power and ability to say or do what was said or done. It was their own wisdom and knowledge.

While Joseph had been in prison, God had given him knowledge of the meaning of some other prisoner’s dreams. Later, when one of those prisoners was released, Pharaoh had a dream also that he wanted interpreted. Joseph was called before Pharaoh.

Pharaoh’s first statement was that he heard that Joseph could interpret dreams. Immediately Joseph stated that he cannot interpret the dreams, but that God can give the answer needed. With the guidance of God, Joseph then interprets the dream.

Joseph could easily have taken credit for interpreting dreams, but he did not. He gave God the full credit.

As a human, it is easy to think that one has the ability to do something, when in reality it is God working in and through that person.

There is absolutely nothing that you cannot do, unless God gives you the ability to do it. This even includes breathing. If you cannot breath without God’s help, how much less can you interpret dreams or do some other ministry or work for Him?

When God uses you to touch someone’s life, such as in prayer, witnessing, helping hand, interpretation, a word,  or anything else, give Him the credit for the ability, wisdom and knowledge.

Don’t take the credit that belongs to God. He is the one who did it.

I pray today that you will know God’s power and abilities; that you will give God credit for all works done; that you will point all people to God and not to self; and that God will use you to touch many people.