“God will never put more on you than you can handle.”
We have all heard this saying, often to encourage Christians to grin and bear life’s hardships. Many falsely believe that it is a Bible scripture. This saying is a misquote of 1 Corinthians 10:13 (KJV):
“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
This scripture is about overcoming the temptation to sin – not mustering the strength to carry our own burdens. God’s will for us is quite opposite as detailed in Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV):
“I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. I will consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds.”- Psalm 77:11-12, NIV
In Joshua 4, God gave the Israelites a special set of instructions. He told them to take 12 stones, one for each tribe, and set them in a specific place. Read Joshua 4:21-24 with me:
Then Joshua explained again the purpose of the stones: “In the future,” he said, “when your children ask you why these stones are here and what they mean, you are to tell them that these stones are a reminder of this amazing miracle—that the nation of Israel crossed the Jordan River on dry ground! Tell them how the Lord our God dried up the river right before our eyes and then kept it dry until we were all across! It is the same thing the Lord did forty years ago at the Red Sea! He did this so that all the nations of the earth will realize that Jehovah is the mighty God, and so that all of you will worship Him forever.” (The Living Bible)
As followers of Jesus Christ, we should keep “stones” for the same reason the Israelites did: to remember what God has done. It would be difficult for us to collect a stone each time we encountered God. My solution: Prayer Journals.
“And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, He went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.” – Mark 1:35 (KJV)
Would you consider someone your friend if they refused to spend quality time with you? What if they only spoke to you when they needed a favor? Hardly anyone would call this relationship a friendship. By today’s standards it would be labeled toxic!
As Christians, we often treat Jesus this way. Jesus calls us His friends (John 15:13-15) and desires to speak with us daily. Instead of communing with Him, we rush into the busyness of our day. Then, when facing hardship, we run to Jesus, begging Him to save us. If we only knew that spending quality time with Jesus would prepare us for life’s trials or prevent them altogether.
“Look at the nations and watch—
and be utterly amazed.
For I am going to do something in your days
that you would not believe,
even if you were told.” – Habakkuk 1:5, NIV
2020 has proven to be the year where anything can happen. What we see physically is a manifestation of what has occurred in the spiritual realm. satan has taken advantage of this season by unleashing wickedness of all sorts into the world. Do not be deceived. Although hell is running loose, goodness will prevail. God has the victory. As believers of Jesus Christ, we should assume a position of prayer that brings heaven to earth. Continue reading “Anything Can Happen”→