When Troubles Seem Unbearable

The title says it all. You’re probably thinking of a time that it felt like you were never going to get through whatever was going on. Maybe you’re going through one of those times right now. Thankfully, when we have Jesus in our hearts, we’ll have the strength to make it through. But sometimes we need to be reminded of a few things. Let’s begin with James 1:2-3 (NLT).

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.

We usually don’t consider troubles as an opportunity to be joyful. Usually, we get depressed, discouraged, and just beaten down. But this is saying that when we’re tested, our faith and endurance can grow. Still, we may think, “I’m trying to grow, but I just don’t think I can make it through this.” Well, let’s use the rest of the post to tackle that.

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)

The first thing this verse covers is a thought that often crosses our minds–that we’re the only ones to have ever gone through the trials and temptations that are in our lives. But that’s not true: “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind.” Also, God “will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.” Not only that, He will provide a way out. So when we start to think that we are going through something we just can’t handle, remember that God will not let you go through anything you aren’t strong enough to handle. And remember, these are things intended to help you grow in faith, and He’ll be with you. Philippians 4:13, an amazing verse, says:

I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.

I was listening to K-Love on my computer and wondering just what I was going to write about. This morning in youth group my dad (The Peacemaker Path) had taught on this very subject–how God won’t put in front of us more than we can bear. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to write about that, but then two songs came on the radio that convinced me. One was Move by MercyMe. Make sure to pay attention to the lyrics!

The other was He Said by Group 1 Crew. This is the chorus:

I won’t give you more
More than you can take
And I might let you bend
But I won’t let you break
And no, I’ll never ever let you go
And no, don’t you forget what He said

So don’t forget what He said! See troubles as an opportunity to lean on God’s strength and grow closer to him. Remember that it will never, ever be more than you can take.


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4 thoughts on “When Troubles Seem Unbearable

  1. You are absolutely on target with 1 Cor 10.13. It speaks of not being unique in the struggle, of God providing a way to endure or escape, but for me the best thing to keep in mind during a difficult trial is “God is faithful.” If God is faithful, and He is, then everything else in the verse about Him limiting the trials and providing a way to escape or endure can be trusted. In my weakness He is my strength.


    • I think it’s an amazing verse; it simply promises so much. It’s definitely something to remember when we’re going through difficult times. It reminds us that God is still there (and always will be), and that those troubles will never be enough to pull us down as long as we lean on Him.
      In Christ,


  2. Wonderful post! You show a wisdom beyond your years – beyond most people’s years – a wisdom that comes only from knowing, loving and trusting God. Thank you for the reminder of His promises we need to keep close to our heart so when tough times come, and they will, they’re only a thought and a heartbeat away.


    • Thank you! It’s always wonderful to receive a word of encouragement from a fellow Christian. God has promised us many things, and I’m afraid that we often forget them. But I believe that His most important promise is that if we invite Him into our heart, He will wipe away our sins and prepare a home in heaven for us.
      God bless!


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