More Than You Can Bear
The angel of the LORD came back a second time and touched him and said, "Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you." 1 Kings 19:7 NIV
Whenever I get the chance, I like to correct some myth I have heard all of my life. How many times has someone said to you, "God will never put more trials on you than you can bear"? Have you heard that? I challenge you to show me that in the Bible.
Yes, we do have the promise that we will not be "tempted beyond what you can bear" (1 Corinthians 10:13), but you need to understand what that verse is saying. It says that God will not allow Satan to bring temptation, or enticement to sin, into your life that is too much for you to say no to. When you are tempted to sin, God will make a way for you to resist it. That is because He wants you to live Holy, just as Christ who calls you is Holy.
Consistently, throughout the Bible, I read where God has at times allowed more trials, more pressure, than His children could bear. Consider today's verse. Elijah, this powerful prophet of God, is strengthened by an angel, because the "journey is too much for you." Once when Paul wrote to the people at Corinth (2 Corinthians 1:8), he told them they faced trials "far beyond our ability to endure." David, the great war hero and man after God's own heart, told the Lord that "troubles without number surround me" and "and I cannot see." He couldn't see clearly, because he was overwhelmed with the storms of life! Another time David said "Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck." Oh how I identify with David there!
Are there times when God allows more troubles in your life than you can bear? Absolutely! Positively! If you can accept my testimony, let me tell you that sometimes life throws more at me than I can handle. At least than I can handle alone. The reason God allows you and I to experience times when we are consumed by trials, when they are bigger than our own strength can handle, is so that we have no where else to turn, except towards Him. We are faced with one solution, and that is that Christ is are only hope!
After Paul wrote that his trial was bigger than his ability to endure, he offers an explanation. "But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead." (2 Corinthians 1:9) He recognized that this overwhelming time of trouble, that he couldn't handle alone, had caused him to focus more on the power of God, and allow God to work His perfect will.
Are you being challenged beyond your ability to endure? Don't believe that you can do it alone! You can't! Jesus said "apart from me you can do nothing!" Did you get that point? Nothing! Don't try anything today without relying on the power of God! He knows you're weak, but He is available to help, if you will call upon Him today!
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