Summer 2024

Daily Devotional: Wednesday, August 2 - What Can I Do?

“Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” — Hebrews 13:20-21

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If God’s will for your life is to do something in particular, how do you know you can actually do it? What if you fail?

It’s amazing to me that no rookie quarterback has ever won a Super Bowl in the history of the NFL. In fact, no rookie QB has even reached a Super Bowl as a starter. Maybe it will happen someday. But if the expectation is that a rookie is going to win it all in year one, history tells us that’s all but impossible. If that was the expectation, get ready for disappointment.

God has not set you up for failure. His expectation — His will — is not for you to try to accomplish something you’re incapable of doing. He isn’t pulling a prank on you. He isn’t calling you to an impossible task. That’s not to say He won’t put you in a hard situation for your own growth, or that you will always win or succeed at everything you do. To the contrary, sometimes His will is for you to learn and grow through a trial or loss. But that doesn’t make it — or you — a failure.

Whatever God wants to accomplish through you, He gives you all you need to do it. If you think God may be prompting you to act, one of the key things to ask is: “What experience, lesson learned or resource has God given me to prepare me for this step?” If He is calling you to something specifically, He will give you the desire and will equip you to do it.

— Steve Hawthorne, New York Red Bulls chaplain

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