I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (Philippians 4:13) I am reminded of this verse often because I have a magnet on my refrigerator that says "I can do anything but not everything." So which one is right? Can I do anything, all things, or not?
Actually I believe they are both right. I can do all things that are according to God’s will, His Word, and His way. When God directs me to a task, activity, or endeavor of His choosing, and I work according to His direction, it can be accomplished. So yes, in this respect I can do all things. With God’s leading and His direction, I should never say, "I can’t," or be afraid to try.
But the magnet says, "I can do anything but not everything." I guess that’s right too. The Bible speaks of many things I can, or should do, and many others I am to avoid. I believe eight of the Ten Commandments listed in Exodus chapter twenty begin by saying, "Thou shalt not."
When I question whether or not I can do what I want, I believe the answer is found in God’s Word. Prayer and study will usually make it clear, although at times I may need to ask someone who is more understanding of the scripture for help.
It’s a blessing to know that God’s Word is true and His way is sure. It’s an added blessing to read God’s Word and find the answers that I need.