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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

God Won't Give You More Than You Can Handle

Myth. What?! How can the phrase "God wont give you more than you can handle" be a myth?! Well, God never said that. Simple as that, right? No, not simple! For so long I have always heard this and been told this when the weight of the world weighed down on me. I felt comfort and peace in this phrase and as soon as I heard "God never said that" I was immediately disappointed.
Our preacher is doing a four part series on common things people believe God said but in reality he did not. He covered this phrase this past Sunday morning and left me with so many thoughts for the rest of the day. How could God not mean this? "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.." 1 Corinthians 10:13 After reading this I was still convinced God knows my limits, he wont give me more than what would break me.
Why would God allow you and I to have more than we can handle? God is teaching us to depend on his presence. This is when it all started to get a little clearer for me. God never said we wouldn't be able to take on more than he gives us because he is trying to get us to realize we need to seek him, not a way out. Have you ever realized when things are going so wonderful in your life it seems a little easier to maybe forget about God and depending on him as much? But when I can't catch a break and I feel like I'm in the midst of my life being completely flipped upside down I can't go more than ten minutes without talking to God. "In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me. When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you Lord,  and my prayer rose to you." Jonah 2:2-7 I began to think about the times I've been in the "valley" in my life and the times I've been on top of the "mountain top" and absolutely I have grown so much closer to my God while down in the valley. Being in the valley I repeatedly have asked God why?! And I know I have to give my struggles to him and not try and control them and my life. However; I was missing the part about seeking him further. I had that intimate relationship with him but he is striving for more from us and I wasn't going even deeper.  "The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth." Psalm 145:18

This was the light bulb moment for me during the sermon. Of course he is going to give us so much more than we can take on alone, cause we need him! We were not created to have all the power ourselves. We were created to need God and his power.  "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weakness, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficutlites. For when I am weak, then I am strong." 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 I would much rather be stuck in a valley with God than on a  mountain top without God, said by Craig Groeschel and I could not agree more. I immediately started to feel broken. How could I be in such a low stage in life feeling like if I could just get to the top of the mountain all while God is just waiting on me to fall even more in love with him and seek him in every moment of my life.

"In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness...and we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:26-28 The analogy was given that we try to live life alone we are rowing in our boats all by ourselves with no help and exhausted. When we seek God in our lives we are able to put our sails up and sail without rowing. God will work things out for us for the better but we must call on him first. We were not created to do life on our own.

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