More Than You Can Handle

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Have you ever heard the phrase, “God will never give you more than you can handle?”

Did you know that phrase isn’t actually in the Bible? We use this phrase to try and comfort someone experiencing pain, and perhaps to try and protect the character of God. What we are actually saying is our good God would never let something this bad happen.

But the truth is the New Testament talks about things like dying to self, hatred by the world and intense persecution. I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure I can’t handle those things. We aren’t meant to handle things on our own.

So yes, I think God often let’s things happen that we can’t handle. But here’s the good news, He can.

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Lessons from Job

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Did you know that Proverbs 31 Ministries offers a free mobile Bible study app?

You can get it for free, and study one chapter of Scripture a day with a community of hundreds of thousands of people.

We recently studied the book of Job, and it was hard! Day after day we read Job and his friends’ speeches asking a question we all ask, “why does God let bad stuff happen?”

And scholars disagree about how the book of Job really answers this question. But can I share one of my favorite takeaways? Near the end of the book, after chapters of silence, God speaks to Job. In Job’s misery, God does not remain distant or removed. He enters into Job’s suffering.

I hope that brings you comfort today.

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Right on Time

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This past week I was facing a fairly overwhelming deadline.

I had several major projects due, and the prospect of getting them all done on time was going to take a major move of God. One project in particular just kind of stalled out.

I called a few girlfriends and asked them to pray. The last morning before it was due, I was hit with an influx of creative ideas. Two hours later the project was finished with only some minor details to wrap up.

Friends, that’s just like God. He is never late. But in my experience, He is rarely early. I think He is teaching us to trust Him rather than rest on our own sufficiency or timetable.

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And I Thought There Was No Good

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If you had told me years ago that God would bring good out of my weight issues and food struggles, I would have seriously doubted you.

When you feel so defeated from years of trying and failing, you don’t want to hear, “Eventually good will come from this.”

I could have cared less about some elusive, eventual good. My jeans didn’t fit, and I couldn’t stay committed to a healthy eating plan to save my life. I saw no hope in sight.

We all have our struggles, don’t we? We need to know more about this “good” mentioned in the Bible.

It’s true, God works for the good in all things, even our seemingly impossible things. The good might be hard to see for a while, especially when it’s working out His way instead of our way. That’s where I struggle the most.

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The Garden

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Last Spring, I took a shortcut through a neighborhood and saw a man planting a flower garden, and I thought, I wish I had a pretty garden.

Isn’t that the way it often is? We want the results but have no desire to put in the work required.

Besides a garden, I also wished for a healthier body for years, but I didn’t want to change what I ate. I excused away the necessary discipline.

What might happen today if instead of wishing things could be different we made just one healthy change? Then made another healthy change tomorrow, and then we kept on making healthy changes. I bet not only would our bodies change but just like that man’s garden, our souls would blossom as well!

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Leap of Faith

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When we experience those things in life that we just don’t understand, we have to choose whether or not we’re going to trust God.

It’s not being optimistically foolish to trust God no matter what; it’s what we call faith. It’s that in between when we don’t have all the answers, and we don’t know if everything will turn out OK that we come to know what real faith is.

Real faith isn’t a hopeful wish.  Real faith is making the decision that no matter the outcome, we’ll choose to see it as God’s perfect answer.

Through the good, through the not so good and even through the down right awful, we will trust God.  Now this doesn’t mean we won’t cry and express hurt. It does mean we’ve decided it’s better to have lived trying to take leaps of faith with God, than to walk away from Him.

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Fast Pass Faith

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When our family went to a major theme park we discovered there is a new, faster and easier way to get to the front of all those crazy, long lines.

It’s called a Fast Pass, and it lets you arrive at an attraction at a specific time and skip all the waiting and whining in line. Walking to the front of the line I thought, wouldn’t it be great if there was a spiritual fast pass that could just let us skip all the work and waiting?

But there’s nothing like that, believe me, I’ve looked. There’s no fast pass or easy button for spiritual maturity. Growing in Christlikeness is work. Dying to myself is work. Taking up my cross and following Jesus is work.

But the thrill of walking with Jesus is better than any ride or attraction this world can dream up.

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Our Father

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Isn’t it amazing that we can go to God personally and ask Him anything?

I admit, that at times, it still baffles me that we can unashamedly sit anywhere and talk completely openly and honestly with the Creator of the Universe. God won’t get red-faced and offended, and He doesn’t have issues and triggers like people do. He will never turn His back on us.

He is our glorious Father. Glorious can mean several things, but one of my favorite definitions is completely enjoyable.

What a beautiful way to think of God, don’t you think? We aren’t asking a remote, distant, hard to reach deity. We are asking God, the creator of everything. He is our glorious Father who is perfect and yet, at the same time, completely enjoyable and always approachable.

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Honest Feelings

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Sometimes the “why” questions come so fast and hard that my heart hurts and the tears fall.

One minute I am determined to trust God, and the next minute I feel myself questioning God. Why, God, Why?

When God doesn’t seem to be answering my prayers it can be hard and downright awful.

I never want to oversimplify what to do in these times, but I have found that God is big enough to handle my honest feelings.

When all that’s left of my heart seems to be broken pieces, I know I can bring them all to God. He can handle our honesty, and He will respond.

I just have to remember to go where the truth is — The Bible. His answers are right in the pages of His Word, just waiting to be discovered.

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As I Sat

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I’ll be honest … for years I struggled during difficult times with what to say when I prayed.

I finally found exactly what I needed. If I’m going through something hard, I can pray prayers where I don’t speak at all.

I can just sit with Jesus making no suggestions, offering no solutions. Sometimes, I have nothing but quiet tears and a heavy heart. The beautiful thing is the Bible promises when we sit with Jesus like this, the Holy Spirit lifts up the exact right prayers for me. And eventually, I sense God and there is peace.

What are you going through today?  Whether it’s a difficult issue with one of your kids or financial stress or just feeling overwhelmed by life, I encourage you to sit with Jesus without feeling the need to offer up any words at all. Just sit.

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