I think the Israelites were right when they said “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.” But here’s a critical truth the Israelites missed, something that trips me up sometimes too: God never said to do it alone.
God never ordered the Israelites to take the Promised Land with their power and their wisdom and their ability. Not at all. In fact he promises just the opposite in Exodus 6:6-8 ‘I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. And I will bring you to the land I swore with uplifted hand to give to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob. I will give it to you as a possession. I am the Lord.’”
Look at what he says: I will bring you out. I will free you. I will redeem you. I will take you as my own people. I will be your God. I will bring you to the land I swore. I will give it to you.
Seven times, in three verses, God reminds the Israelites and us that he never calls us on adventures alone.There’s a long list of things you can’t do. You can’t fight giants. You can’t find a new job. You can’t fix relationships.
You can’t. You can’t. You can’t. But God can.Oh boy. I love Jon Acuff for his satirical, hilarious, and humble take on the kitschy things that Christians' often do (like his posts on Chik-fil-A, intentional community, and getting connected at church). But this post, and the truth that it holds, makes me want to read this blog on a daily basis. Because I'll be the first to admit, I need to get "You can't. But God can." tattooed across my forehead.