There’s a saying that goes something like, “God never gives us more than we can handle.” And I think it’s a load of bull.
I believed this lie for soooo many years, even re-telling it to friends as an encouragement…Like the time you tell me your partner just left you, your mother was diagnosed with cancer and you lost our job?? ‘Well, don’t worry, God never gives us more than we can handle, you’ll be okay.’
Tell me, what verse tells us that we’ll only be given what we can manage? Where is someone that can handle something as terrible as the death of a child? God absolutely allows us to experience far more than we can handle. And it’s ultimately for our good. Or so I’ve been told…
In the depths of a very difficult week, I’ve felt swallowed up and overwhelmed by what’s been going on. I feel it is way too much for me, and the one thing I keep praying is, ‘Lord, when is it enough?’ When are the heartaches, the pain and the troubles going to stop? I absolutely believe that what I am going through is a hell of a lot more than I can handle. But my prayer, my deep, fervent prayer right now is when will it be enough suffering? When can I have that season of life that’s full of joy and celebration, not sadness and depression?
It’s true that the Bible says we will face trials and sufferings, and I suppose in the grand scheme of life, my hardships are less that someone else’s. For me, however, they are very real and very painful and I long for the day when there will be no more sorrow. Yet believing in Jesus, saying yes to Him, sacrificing earthly comforts for Him will often be painful. He tells us in this world we will suffer, we will have trials; but what I’m holding on to is this: we can take heart, because He has overcome the world.
And THAT’S what I’m trying to focus on now, when I feel I’ve had enough and can’t take any more: take heart. Take heart! Be of good cheer! Celebrate, praise the Lord! God has already overcome the world. He was victorious over death, which means that through Him you (I) will one day overcome the heartache and live victoriously.
It’s a hard concept to grasp, though. To sit there with your aching heart, tears streaming down your face, feeling your absolute lowest and to comfort yourself with this verse. I don’t know about you, but I struggle with it. Yes, God HAS overcome the world. But that doesn’t make my pain any less real.
This is something I struggle with. How to ’embrace’, if you will, the pain that I am suffering, and not diminish that it’s a real feeling, but to know (to understand deeply and without a doubt) that I can also rejoice. I can rejoice because God, through His Son’s death and resurrection has already overcome this painful situation for me. I can take heart that He has lived through pain and suffering worse than I have, to the point of a hopeless death, but then victoriously overcome it when He was raised to life. That is something I can take heart in.
I suppose, when I look at it this way, I should learn to change my perspective on my circumstances. Instead of asking, ‘Lord when will this end??’, I can rejoice that this circumstance and other ones to follow it, will already have victorious endings because of Jesus’ sacrifice.
Honestly? It’s easy to write this down. In practice, it’s much more difficult. I’m still learning to see my current situations this way. But, it would be nice to know if there are others out there currently trying to change their perspective and outlook on current hardships. How do you approach personal suffering, and what are doing differently in your faith journey to trust God when life feels like too much? Let me know, I love to hear from you guys.
Anyway… I’ll leave you with a little something to help brighten your Monday (especially after a post like this one):