Can You?

source – sinussister.com

“Can you lift up your voice to the clouds,
That an abundance of water may cover you?
Can you send out lightnings, that they may go,
And say to you, ‘Here we are!’ ?”  Job 38:34-35

As God questions Job, I feel myself shrinking.

Lord, thank You for keeping us humble, in a place where we can see all You can do.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

What I Can Do

I can’t order the heavens
or command the seas

nor satisfy the lions
no, none of these

but You can do all things
and all things wonderfully

and I can praise You
and worship eternally.

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48 Comments

  1. Oh Wow, Sis Deb–this is Wonderful, very humbling indeed, and so beautiful. God bless you as you worship Him in your work today–may He give you abundant strength, joy and peace for the tasks. much love, sis Caddo Delight

  2. Beautiful words Deb! They are truly inspiring!
    “Jesus replied, “What is impossible with men is possible with God”.” (Luke 18:27).

  3. Job 38 & 39 … imagine sitting under 12 months of expositional sermons from those two Chapters, Debbie. What a grand way of getting delivered from the bondages and lies of man-made climate change!! Glad you highlighted this. Bless you.

  4. I love how you put it that you feel yourself shrinking – He must become more and we must become less! Always good to be reminded of how big and powerful He is! Love and blessings xx

  5. On Wednesday nights I have been teaching “Route 66,” a study of the 66 books of the Bible. Last night we were in Job. This is one of the most majestic sections in all of Scripture. I can only imagine God speaking and Job and is friends shrinking more and more. Thanks for the focus today Deb and thanks for the poignant poem.

  6. Thank you for this beautiful post that magnifies the Lord.

    Love,
    Theresa

  7. Oh that we all might feel lower and lower as we see His greatness and the need to trust and serve Him with all our hearts! As Godly a man as Job was, even he got his eyes off the Lord and centered on his many problems. The Lord certainly suceeded in getting His attention! Lord bless.

  8. this is a beautiful poem you have created Debbie!!!!

  9. Beautiful Deb!!!! I nominated you for the Reality Award because you are one of the realest people I know. God bless you my friend and you can pick the award up at: http://loopyloo305.com/2012/10/11/award-nominations-2/

  10. This simple poem and the humility of your precious heart blessed me again today Deb! I read it to my husband today before he set off to teach his classes. We were both blessed!

  11. Good thoughts – Job is a great reminder that God is so much bigger than us and that we can never fully understand his ways. But we do know he loves and cares for us.

  12. Sister Debbie we are in-tune this morning I have to say. You talked about Job and I gave an analogy about Job in my posting. Praise the Lord,thank you Jesus.

  13. Twice today I have been reminded about how little I am and how that is a good thing because it puts God firmly in the driver’s seat. I am exciting about all that God is doing right now but I am constantly reminded that in His work I am really only a ride -along. So blessed to be that!

  14. There is such a great balance in the Bible. On the one hand, all of us would be in awe and unable to speak if God asked us the same questions He asked Job. Maybe at best, we’d answer like Ezekiel and say, “O Lord God, You know.”

    But on the other hand, Jesus said we could do all the things that He did and greater because He went to the Father. We can walk on water, stop storms, heal the sick, raise the dead, etc. and more. In fact, Paul said we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Phil. 4:13).

    The answer lies in your poem:

    “…but You can do all things…”

    And the good news is that He lives in us.

    Great poem, Deb.

  15. Wonderfully put again Deb. How blessed you are to receive such words from the Lord – and how blessed WE are to receive them from you.

    This reminds me “He must increase and I must decrease”. There is a sense in which this is impossible. He CANNOT increase because He is already the Ultimate and I cannot decrease because I am already nothing. On the other hand, of course, it is a wonderful truth. In the exercise of my life, I must decrease my input, allowing Him to REALLY be in control in every way; allowing Him to exercise His rightful place as LORD.

    He alone is worthy!

  16. Beginning in Chapter 38, Job meets a big, BIG God.

    These last few chapters in Job where God speaks while Job is speechless always reminds me of the story Malcolm Smith told about himself. It was a dry time for Smith and he desperately sought the Lord and kept crying out, “Lord, why?” on many issues.

    After days of repeating his “why” mantra, Smith heard the Lord say, “Hippopotamus.”

    Smith was stunned and replied, “Lord, hippopotamus?”

    Then, Smith heard the Lord say to his heart, “Little Malcolm, if you do not understand why I created the hippopotamus, then how will you possibly understand the answers to the questions you are asking?”

    God is a big, BIG God and He reveals what He wants to reveal us. Anything more than that and we would be overwhelmed.

    Like the emphasis of your poem, there are things we can do and things only God can do. We need to stay in our place and worship Him.

  17. Love you and thank you Sis Caddo Delight! Praying your day was blessed too, as you praise Him for all He can do! God bless you!

  18. OH what a great verse to add, teecee! Thank you and God bless you as you see all He is doing and praise Him!

  19. God bless you too, Roger. Laughing about sitting under 12 months of expositional sermons from those 2 chpts. It would do me good! 🙂
    Thank you for adding to the post!

  20. I agree, Aimee . .I do need reminded how big and powerful God is. God bless you as you see Him big . .high and lifted up! love and prayers!

  21. You are so welcome Bill . .thank you for being here! The Route 66 study sounds like fun! 🙂 God bless you as you focus on all He can do today!

  22. What better thing to do, than magnify God? 🙂 Love you and God bless you, dear Theresa! Praying you and yours are well!!!

  23. So true, Pastor Rob, about Job getting centered on his many problems. I was thinking about that today , in a way, wondering how it is that I get sidelined from praying like I want to. I get off centered and thinking about things that are distractions! God bless you as He holds your attention today!

  24. Oh God bless you, Terry, as you pray big prayers to a bigger God! love you and am looking forwarding to sending Al a card!

  25. Thank you so much, loopyloo! You are such a blessing to us all! God bless you as be BIG in your life!

  26. Well, that is really humbling, dear faith filled fisherlady. Praying not to lose sight of how big He is and that there is nothing that He can’t do! God bless you and your precious family as you lean on Him each day, willingly and whole heartedly! love you!

  27. I like that, Pastor Dave . .to just remember that He loves and cares for us, when the vastness of His greatness gets too much! God bless you and the ministry that He has called you to.

  28. Oh I will have to check your post out asap! 🙂 I love when God does that, helping us along and keeping us together in faith. God bless you, Desiray, as you serve Him today!

  29. Pastor J, I loved being reminded with you, that we’re really ride-alongs and what a privilege that is! God bless you as He keeps you firmly in His plans!

  30. In the light of God, we are all minute. Humility would be easy if we all focused on that fact! Great Post as usual, Deb!
    God Bless You!

  31. “He alone is worthy!” Amen, mentor Angela, and so able to be everything to everyone, everywhere. I love what you said too, about God being the Ultimate. 🙂 There you go!
    God bless you and yours as you invite Him into every part of your life, with joy and thanks!

  32. I loved that story, Mr. Larry!!! What a great God we have, Big and personal, all at once! God bless you as you worship Him right from where you are!

  33. Oh so true, Lady Dei ! I love your insight . ..thank you!! God bless you as you focus on your Big God and worship Him!

  34. When we look and really see what He does it makes us humble so we can do what we are meant to do– as you say, praise and worship…

  35. How refreshing – I am NOT God, and certainly don’t have His responsibilities!! How freeing to remember Who I am not, and Whose I am!

  36. He is so good at knowing what we need . .. and that we need to be humble. God bless you and your worshipful heart! You help me draw near to Him with your posts!

  37. Love that, that it is freeing! I think that is how He wants us to look at it . .. thank you, Melody, and God bless you!

  38. Very inspiring words! Thanks for sharing!

  39. Thanks much Deb, praising God is the most beautiful thing to do. That’s the actual interpretation of my name, Tochukwu. Praise God!
    I’m glad you appreciated the verse I dropped in. May the Lord God bless you real good! 🙂

  40. Wow . . that is so wonderful, that that is what your name means! You are such a blessing and just shine, right through the internet! 🙂 God bless you too as your life is a song of praise to Jesus!

  41. God bless you, Wendell, and how you see Him and praise!

  42. I love it as well, it’s divine appointment I tell ya..Love ya

  43. Amen!

  44. I found this wonderful comment of yours in the spam, Mr. Larry! So sorry about that, but so thanking you for the excitement and truth in it. Praying to grab onto to that truth more and more, that He can do all things and He is in us.
    God bless you and yours and all He can do in you today!

  45. Dearest Deb, I am beyond shrunken….

    “Lord, thank You for keeping us humble, in a place where we can see all You can do. ”
    That hot seat can get pretty hard at times, but I am certain if He places me there, then ” He is working all things together for my good.”

    God bless you much. May you never run out of ‘simple’ ways to share His love with us.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Blessings,
    ann

  46. I know that humble place can be a little hard to bear, but for His abundant grace while we’re sitting there! God bless you, dear Ann full of grace and song, as you watch and see all He can do! 🙂 May He move in miraculous ways this week!

  47. Amen – in fact, I can do NOTHING apart from You, O Lord, and I am so grateful for all that You are and all that You do. Lord, keep me humble in Your sight…

  48. God bless you, Cheryl , as you look to Him for everything, because He is your everything! love and prayers!


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