Friday, October 4, 2013

Finding Faith {God helps us handle}

I recently came across this post by another blogger. I have seen this post before but it was a while ago. I had forgotten about it, but here it is again in my newsfeed. And while reading it again, some thoughts came to mind which I share with you now.

You should read the article in full but the basic just of it is in the title "Confronting the lie: God won’t give you more than you can handle". And, the author, Nate Pyle, offers biblical evidence of why this is a lie.

See, this is something that's very close to my heart. I do believe that sometimes we are dealt a hand that is beyond what we can bear. And in those times we are challenged to turn to God and rely solely on him for our survival through the storm. I have to admit that I have cringed when people have referred to their dire situation and said "God won't give us more than we can handle." 

I guess they probably look at it as, God doesn't give us these horrible things, the devil does. But evil is very present in our world, and just because God won't give it to us doesn't mean he's going to completely stop bad things from happening in this world. We live in a fallen world, a world where we must be constantly aware that bad things, horrible things, happen everyday. And just because God is there and ever present doesn't mean there is not a lesson we can't learn from going through something bad. 

{I'm writing from my heart, so I hope this is somewhat making sense even though it seems all over the place to me.}

Hanging on my wall, I have a gift someone gave me when I was pregnant with A-man and Sweetie. It says:

"God doesn't give us what we can handle,
God helps us handle what we are given"

This is a better way of looking at it. Instead of having pride and saying "everything we face that's bad God thinks we are strong enough to handle", we humble ourselves and say, "God I can't do this, I need you, help me handle this."

Let's reference my lost pregnancy. I couldn't handle it. When the doctor gave me the prognosis and my chances of bringing two babies into this world to love and grow for God's kingdom was brought to a screeching halt; I LOST IT! I balled in the exam room. I screamed out to God, 'Why?'. I couldn't handle it. Luckily, my husband, always being the calm in my emotional storms, was able to calm me and we were able to work through my emotions enough to pray "God, I need you. Come make yourself known to us in this situation. HELP US know what needs to be done. Walk with us. Comfort us. Guide us. Love us." (Okay, that's not our exact prayer, but I'm sure it was something very close to that!) God didn't give me this situation to show ME how strong I was. He allowed it to happen to us to show us how strong HE is. How much we need HIM. God helped us handle what we were given!

Rely on Him today, in any situation you are facing. Know that you might not be able to handle it, but God can help you. He wants to help you!


Don't forget to check out the Encouragement Challenge on Facebook!
It's never too late to start! Read this post for more about the challenge!

Check it out HERE!

1 comment:

  1. I like your version of this much better. I've always cringed when I heard people say that God doesn't give more than we can bear.