Friends, I’ve had an amazing response to the More Than I Can Handle post (You can view it HERE). Some commented on the post (I loved each and every one). I’ve also received dozens of emails asking more questions while sharing personal experiences. You have all touched my heart deeply. Thank you so much.
It’s because of your feedback I feel led to talk about this a bit more, as the question still lingers for some:
Does God really give us more than we can handle?
I’m certain we all have experienced circumstances in our past that have resulted in unplanned, life-changing events. Some more painful than others, but all have resulted in us feeling out of control. And maybe you have found yourself at your breaking point. Maybe you’ve felt it was more than you could handle.
Let’s face it, life’s not always easy. Living in this world but not of it is even harder. And there are a number of circumstances that can cause us to crumble. In fact, this was promised to us:
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.
In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:32-33 NIV
I’m of the opinion some of these troubles we face will make us or break us. The choice will be ours. We will either need to turn away from God to control the agony we’re in or cling to Him with all our might while believing He is the only One who can see us through and bring us peace.
Notice the verse says ‘so that in Me you may have peace.’ and ‘I have overcome the world’. We didn’t overcome the world together, Christ did that alone. He’s the only one capable to handle it all. In fact, He had to overcome the world because of us.
But why will we have trouble?!?
Because this world is not our home.
Because Satan doesn’t take a day off.
Because we’re worth it.
But take heart! God can make all things good.
They’re opportunities to flex our faith muscles.
They’re chances to enhance our relationship with Christ by clinging to Him and relying on His strength.
They’re examples of being molded and shaped by the Creator to become a true masterpiece.
and They’re proof of 2 Corinthians 12:9 ~ His power being made perfect in our weakness.
Because He can see the big picture and we can’t.
Because like any parent, He wants to see us develop. To grow closer to Him.
Because He love us deeply and wants us to really know Him.
Oh how He loves us and wants so much for His glory to be revealed to us.
“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing
with the glory that will be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18 NIV
Relying on Him brings Him glory.
When reality strikes and we realize we’re truly not able, we discover firsthand what God is truly capable of.
Many of you have brought up the example of Job. And it’s a perfect example of a man going through more than anyone could handle. He experienced deaths of loved ones, intolerable physical pain, rejection. Yet he made it through. Why?
Because he clung tight.
He praised despite the pain for he knew God would never let him go. He made the right choice. He didn’t have to, in fact his friends suggested otherwise. But he held fast. Despite going through more than anyone could handle alone.
Friends, this world has many challenges. Yet in the grand scheme of things, it’s only temporary. Soon, it will be all but a memory. Maybe even one worth forgetting.
“Sometimes we don’t fully see that in Christ, because of Christ, through Christ, He does give us all things good — until we have the perspective of years. In time, years, dust settles. In memory, ages, God emerges. Then when we look back, we see God’s back.” ~ Ann Voskamp 1000 Gifts pg 156
Yes, when we cling to Christ, He makes all things good. If you ever find yourself facing more than you can handle, I pray you cling. I hope you keep looking towards the only One who can bring you through life’s trials. For He’s worthy. He’s worth it. He’s all we’ll ever need, for He makes all things good.
May His glory be revealed.
How about you? How do you remember to keep focused on our Redeemer? I’d love to hear.
Thanks for sharing your time with me.