Friday, March 27, 2009

"This is More Than I Can Handle!"

"Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world." (1 Peter 5:9).

There are three critical mistakes we typically make when all hell breaks loose in our lives. First, we doubt and blame God. Second, we magnify the problem, convincing ourselves that it is more than we can handle. And third, we imagine that we are all alone as we face it.

Put them altogether and our complaints sounds something like this, "God has let me down! He's putting me through something that is more than I can handle! Nobody knows what I'm going through, and nobody cares! I'm all alone!"

OK, bumpkin, Let's set the record straight.

FIRST, God has not dropped the ball on you at all! The Bible says, "No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it" (1 Corinthians 10:13). Did you catch that one phrase? "God is faithful." There is no way, no how, God will let no one (including the sneaky devil) have access into your life beyond the measure of His grace.

SECOND, this thing you are facing is not more than you can handle at all. Rather, it is EXACTLY what you can handle! Have you ever seen a weight limit sign posted at a bridge crossing? It's there to notify truckers of the freight load, which the bridge is built to handle. The same is true of you! God knows what you are made of, and just how much weight your life can bear. And He will not allow the devil to roll more over you than you can bear.

I saw a cartoon that said, "Lord, I know You said You would never let me be tempted or tested above what I was able to bear -- but, some times I wish You didn't have so much confidence in me!"

THIRD, You are not alone. Everybody is going through it with you. No one is exempt, all are in some way being challenged and stretched to their limits; just like you. What you are experiencing is "common to man." In other words -- we all know what you're going through, because we are going through it ourselves! The Apostle Peter put it like this, "the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world."

So instead of going down the wrong path, try this approach instead.

"Lord, You are faithful and true; You will never allow me to face a trial or temptation which is greater than what I can handle. You will always provide me the way to bear up until it passes. This is Your commitment to me, and to all others who are experiencing their own challenges. I am not alone, nor are my struggles mine alone. Other are facing the same fears, worries, anxieties, and dreads -- show them what You have shown me, so that their hearts may be filled with faith and comforted with hope."


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