When Joseph goes about interpreting the dreams that the cup bearer and the chief baker bring to him he tells that it is not about his ability but God’s. It is so encouraging that the next thing he says is ‘Go ahead and tell me your dreams.’
Joseph does not discard their distress and flippantly say ‘I can’t help you’. Instead he knows what his God can do and he knows that God cans use him to help these men. He let’s them know his inability and God’s ability.
I can’t…But God can
When Joseph is asked to interpret the dreams of Pharaoh he tells Pharaoh that he can’t do it…But God can.
It is the same for us. We can’t…But God can. We can take comfort in the fact that we can’t but God can. When it is no longer about our ability or our accomplishments we can rest.
We do not, we can not do it…But Jesus has already done it all FOR US.
God has done it for us and he will continue to use us for others. It’s not our work but God’s work. God’s ‘business’ as Joseph said to the cup bearer and chief baker.
We can be honest with those around us and say I can’t, I don’t know, I really screwed up here…BUT Jesus did, Jesus knows, Jesus didn’t screw up.
When we are honest with ourselves we can breath a sigh of relief that it is not all about us. It is not all about our work. What we do is ‘God’s work’ and what needs to get done will get done because God is in control of it. We can sit with people in their struggles. We can show our weakness. We can be honest.
When we are honest with others about our weaknesses we can point them to Jesus. We can say ‘I can’t…But Jesus did and can.’