Daily Bible Inspirations

Can't or Won't?

by Darla Noble

Then the LORD’s word came to Jeremiah, saying, Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me?

Jeremiah 32:26-27

One of my favorite passages of scripture is in the book of Job–chapters 38 thru 42, to be exact.

Summing it up in my own words: God asks Job who he thinks he is to question Him (God). He wants to know how Job thinks he has the right to challenge His (God’s) actions and decisions. After all–was he there when God made the universe? Does Job know how many snowflakes there are? Can Job control the wind? Does he oversee the birth of animals in the wild?

The answer to all those questions is no. And because the answer is no, I have to ask, who do we think we are to question whether or not God is capable of…anything? God’s capabilities are limitless. But so are His knowledge and wisdom. That’s why there are times when God can, but won’t. There are times we ask ourselves why He can’t see our need to be free of this burden or that conflict and free us.

It’s not that God can’t see. It’s not that He can’t take care of it. But there are times when God doesn’t. He chooses not to. But why? Why doesn’t He? There isn’t just one easy answer to that question. Maybe God is testing us? He may be using the situation as a faith-building exercise. God may be preparing us for something in the future. He may even be sparing us from something even worse.

What it all boils down to is these three things: 1) knowing nothing is too complicated for God, 2) knowing God is always working to bring about our best life, and 3) letting God be the guiding force in our lives.


> God,

You are the all-knowing God. 
Who am I to question You? 
Please give me the faith and wisdom to know You always have my best interest at heart.
In Jesus’ Name, I pray, Amen.