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4th October 2022

Updated: Oct 9, 2022

But I can!

God said, ‘I will be with you.'

Exodus 3:12

We Christians, when faced with difficult or mammoth tasks, need to learn to say, “I cannot, but God can.”

Moses had to learn the same thing about God. Having fled from Egypt, he lived in self-imposed exile while the enslaved Israelites continued to suffer. So Moses did not feel like he was a good fit for the rescue mission God called him to.

He asked God, “Who am I that I should go?” (Exodus 3:11). “What if they do not believe me?” (4:1). And, “I am not eloquent” (v 10). In every excuse, Moses said, “I cannot.” Yet God responded, “I will be with you” (3:12); He revealed His powerful, all-encompassing name (v 14); He promised, “I will help you speak” (4:12). Each time, God assured him, “But I can!”

Today, if we are tempted to say, “I cannot,” we can listen for God’s, “But I can.”


Exodus 3:11–4:12.


Thank You, Lord, that just as my salvation is from You, so too is the strength to live in each moment in Your service. I thank You, in Christ's name. Amen.



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