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!
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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