DAY 295 OF 365 IN 2021

Romans 7:18 For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot perform it. [I have the intention and urge to do what is right, but no power to carry it out.]

Two words jumped right at me the very moment I read today’s text: “desire and ability“. We enter briefly into the world of Saint Paul who uses his struggle against sin to paint an interesting picture for us, a picture of two things that ought to exist together if victory is to be guaranteed- desire and ability.

As a basic example, imagine an individual with the desire to build a twenty thousand seater auditorium but with no financial means? There is the intention, but the ability to execute is missing. Two scripture versus also come to mind also. The first was Jesus’ encounter with the leper who lay facedown and asked Him ‘“Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Jesus’ response was ‘I am willing, be cleansed” (Luke 5:12-13). And the matter was settled.

The second is a rather popular one “Now glory be to God, who by his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of—infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes (Eph 3:20). God therefore possesses both ‘the will and the ability to do’. It should not surprise us then that Paul would say “our sufficiency is of God” – for both desire and ability are needed to be trusted to such a degree.

Consequently, we can merge the two Scriptures to read “Glory to God who is WILLING and ABLE to do far above all we can ask of Him”. That can become our song.


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