I Can Do It Myself!

Jane Douglass White

READ : Genesis 23:1-4, 10-15

Can you remember an event during your childhood when you didn’t want your parents to help you with something? You wanted to be independent and do it yourself. I can remember making some wrong decisions because of that rebellious attitude. That was not the disposition of Abraham’s “most trusted servant.” The servant wanted to be sure to obey Abraham’s bidding, and he didn’t try to do it on his own. What did he do? He prayed and was successful in his mission.

Many times the gospels tell us that Jesus departed from the disciples to pray. Jesus, God’s only Son, did not try to do things on his own, but constantly sought the will of his Father. When he taught the disciples to pray, he said, “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Even in Jesus’ darkest hour, when he saw his death approaching, he didn’t say, “I can do it myself!” Instead he said, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done” (Matthew 26:42b, niv). Jesus knew earthly pain. He could have easily escaped death. But he obeyed his Father’s will. Can we do otherwise?


Dear Father, give us the wisdom to follow the footsteps of Jesus and wait for your guidance, rather than say, “I can do it myself.” Amen.