READ : Acts 12:5-17
If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a thousand times: “No, I’m all right; I can handle it. I’ll be okay.” People say words like that all the time when things go wrong in their lives. Things like divorce, an accident, a job termination, the loss of a loved one can prompt statements like that. Whether the words are true or not is another story. Often they are just wishful thinking or what we are supposed to say.
Part of the reason for saying such expressions is because our culture places a very high value on self-reliance, self-confidence and independence. We teach our children to eat, get dressed and take care of themselves properly and before we know it they are telling us, “I can do it myself!” That is good and what we’d expect, but unfortunately there are things that we cannot handle. God has made us capable of doing many things, but we can’t do everything. That is why He sent us Jesus Christ. That is why He has given us the church brothers and sisters to love us and support us and pray with us. The early church couldn’t handle what was happening to their leaders. They were being persecuted and thrown in jail. Then when Peter was arrested they got together and prayed and the Lord answered their prayer. What a blessing to know that when we can’t handle it, God can.
Thank You, Father, for being able to handle everything. Forgive us for trying to do it all by ourselves. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.