Sometimes I hear things, and I have to think about them for a looooong time. Sometimes I hear things, and I immediately have a response. One thing that I've heard repeatedly for years is this:
"God doesn't give you more than you can handle". I am pretty certain I've even read that on plaques and wall hangings and other places as well. That is one of those sayings that I thought about for a loooooong time. After many painful life experiences, I started to get irritated when I would hear that phrase. One time I even remember spouting off a response sort of like this: "Of course He doesn't. He doesn't give you pain at all." I don't believe God brings pain to our world and to us. I do believe that He allows things to happen that can be painful. I also believe that He brings good from all circumstances....sometimes we may not see it, but someone else will. Sometimes we have to search really hard to see it, and sometimes we don't see it for a long long time. Why does He allow pain in our lives? I don't know that answer. People often say, "We will find out when we get to heaven". Honestly I cannot even imagine entering heaven and thinking about anything but....WOW! HERE I AM! Pain? What pain? I know that long ago in the garden, we chose free will; and part of free will is consequences...good or bad. I also believe that God doesn't give us more than we can handle. Sometimes He allows things, and they may seem like more than we can handle; because they are. They are more than we can handle without Him. I read this today in Jesus Calling which is what stirred up this post.
As You Get Out of Bed
As you get out of bed in the morning, be aware of My Presence with you. You may not be thinking clearly yet, but I am. Your early morning thoughts tend to be anxious ones until you get connected with Me. Invite Me into your thoughts by whispering My Name. Suddenly your day brightens and feels more user-friendly. You cannot dread a day that is vibrant with My Presence.
You gain confidence through knowing that I am with you-that you face nothing alone. Anxiety stems from asking the wrong question: "If such and such happens, can I handle it?" The true question is not whether you can cope with whatever happens, but whether you and I together can handle anything that occurs. It is this you-and-I-together factor that gives you confidence to face the day cheerfully. In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation. Psalm 5:3
O God, You are my God, early will I seek You; my should thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. Psalm 63:1
I can do everything through Him who gives me strength. Philippine 4:13