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Why Would God Call You To Do Something You Can’t?


Psalm 121

What if a smartphone case advertised that it offered 25% protection? Would you buy it?

If you bought a house that started falling apart the day you moved in, would you ask the same builder to build another just like it?

These examples seem ridiculous—for good reason. Placing trust in something certain to fail just doesn’t make sense.

But, how often do we take that approach in our walk with Jesus? We fail when trying to follow Him in our own ability, yet we think that we can follow Him successfully by cleaning up our act or simply trying harder. Despite our best intentions, we still fall short.

Jesus calls us to follow Him in ways we can’t accomplish without His help. If we could take those steps without Him, we could boast in our own strength. Success through our own efforts and abilities would rob us of God’s greatest blessings.

Psalms 120–134 are collectively known as “songs of ascent”. The Israelites would sing them on their travels up to the temple for worship. The journey was difficult and dangerous, and Psalm 121 served to remind them that God’s support and care were constant and unfailing (Psalm 121:3-4).

Thankfully, the promises found in Psalm 121 are as true for God’s children today as they were thousands of years ago! No matter what situation we face, we can rely on the God who created heaven and Earth. Day or night, today through eternity, God promises provision and protection for anyone who follows Him (Psalm 121:5-8).


  • Do you find it challenging to believe that God will provide the help and protection He promises? Why or why not?
  • What are some lesser things you rely on for protection or provision in difficult times?
  • What is one step God is calling you to take that you can’t do without His help?

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