Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 21:15–22
A. It isn’t pleasant to find yourself unable to do the things that you would like to do, especially when you are used to being the person to whom everyone else looks for direction and action.
B. Even David found himself unable to stand against his enemies.
C. It is especially distressing when we find that we cannot do what we would like in our service to God.
I. If I can’t, I can…
A. Hold up another’s hands (Exodus 17:11–13).
B. Help prepare others (1 Chronicles 22:8–15; Philippians 4:4–16).
II. If I can’t yet, I can…
A. Prepare myself (Titus 1:7–9; 2:3–5).
B. Point to those who can (2 Kings 5:2–3; John 1:42).
III. If I can’t anymore, I can…
A. Strive to encourage the next generation (2 Samuel 21:18–22; Deuteronomy 31:2, 7–8; 2 Timothy 3:14–4:7).
B. Use my influence and wisdom for good (1 Kings 1:1–3; 2 Samuel 19:31–39).
A. When Jesus began telling His disciples that He must die in Jerusalem, no one could do anything to prevent it, and yet one woman found something that she could do (Mark 14:8).
B. The list of things that I can’t do will always be longer than the list of things that I can, but what I can do, I ought to do with my whole heart (Colossians 3:23–24)!