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.

Daniel 2:27-28 Give God The Credit

Daniel replied, “No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner can explain to the king the mystery he has asked about, but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries. He has shown King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen in days to come. Your dream and the visions that pass through your mind as you were lying in bed are these: Daniel 2:27-28

The king had a dream that disturbed him greatly and he wanted to know what it meant. He also refused to tell any what the dream was. When his people could not tell him what the dream meant, he set out to kill of his workers. Daniel stepped in and said that there is a God who can reveal what King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream was about. He then proceeds to tell the king about his dream.

There are a lot of dream “experts” in the world today who claim that they can tell a person what their dreams mean. Alongside of them, are also astrologists, palm-readers, fortune tellers, who claim that they can reveal what a person’s future will hold. In some colleges there are even courses that people can take to be trained for doing these types of works. All these people claim that they can help a person know what is future is.

People all over the world want to know what there is in their future and so they go to these types of people for guidance.

In the church there are also some people who claim to be able to know the future or can see the future of individuals.

The reality is that without God, no person really knows the future. Only God can reveal the future and do the impossible.

As a believer, God may do some great things through you for others. These things could be healings, other miracles, and telling of some future event. When God does this, it is easy to take credit and say that you did it, however, it is God who did it.

When God does some work through you, pull yourself out of the picture and give Him the credit. He is the one who did the work through you, not yourself. In yourself, you really have no power or abilities, only God does.

Are you taking credit for God’s work?

Or, like Daniel, are you giving God all the credit?

I pray today that God will do many things through you; that you will know that God is the one doing all the work through you; that you will be a witness of God’s great power; and that the world will see God through you.