This might come as a surprise to some, but God wants to keep you in a place where you can’t do it. God wants you to stay where you’re thinking to yourself “I can’t do this”. When it’s myself with me, and I, it should be impossible. Why? If I can make it happen on my own then there is no need for me to have relationships with other people or with God. When you say “I can’t do this” God says “Perfect, now I can help you”.
The reason that God created people was for family and relationship. God even said that when it was only Him and Adam that it wasn’t good for Adam. God is telling us that our relationships with other people are just as important as our relationship with Him. God said that only having a relationship with Him wasn’t good. We need other people in our life to give us counsel, encouragement, and support. Every good father wants his children to have relationships with each other, not just himself. God is not a selfish megalomaniac.
Jesus said in John 15 that we can’t do anything without Him. That almost sounds odd because I can do plenty of things that don’t involve God at all, but the truth is I can’t do anything significant, of any value, or have a lasting impact without being in Christ, in a true relationship with Him. Everything of true worth is impossible with me, everything of true worth is possible for those who are with God.
I believe God is paying close attention to how much credit we give Him in our success. I believe that our relationship with God is tested more in our successes than our difficulties. It’s easy to rely on God when everything is falling apart, what about when everything is running smoothly? It’s easy to rely on God when your business is failing, but what about when it’s at it’s most successful? It’s easy to give God the things that are clearly out of our control, what about the situations we think we can handle?
“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7
The second half of what Peter is saying is usually only half understood. People do a great job of putting things that they are scared of and worried about on God. It’s easier to put our negative burdens on God and say “God help, I can’t do this”, but what about the positive things? Peter says that we should place everything we care about upon God, because He cares for us. Humbling ourself under God’s mighty hand means casting everything we care about; our job, our money, our marriage, our friendships, our children, and more upon Him. The word used for “cares” here is talking about the things that pull us in different directions, or simply what we’re thoughtful of. That means we are relying on God’s mighty hand on our best days and our worst days. God wants us to feel like we can’t do it alone every day. He wants us to humble ourselves and give Him access into everything that we care about.
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.” Ephesians 6:10
The good news here is that we don’t need to rely upon our own strength. And the difficult part is learning to fully rely upon God and trust Him with the biggest and smallest things in our life. Remember that the Holy Spirit is our Helper. He is waiting eagerly for us to ask for His help. Everything that we do with His help is guaranteed to turn our better than we could ever do on our own, in our own power and strength. We can step out every day in boldness and confidence saying “God, I know that I can’t make this happen on my own, and I know that I can make it happen with you, in your power, in your strength, with your hand involved”.