I sometimes reflect back on the challenges and seasons of my life. And if there is one thing I can say with confidence about those seasons is that it “never is easy!” In fact, with each season that passes, things seem to get harder and harder. Life gets rougher.
One saying that I’d often hear is that God never gives you more than what you can handle. I sometimes cringe when I hear this saying because when you ARE going through a lot in your life and someone tells you this, you may be thinking one of these two things…okay, what is wrong with ME or what is wrong with GOD to be putting me through all of this???
Living in Hawaii, there is this local pidgin saying “I get ‘um.” Meaning, “I don’t need your help, I can do it myself.” Sometimes with our Christian walk, we can have that same mentality, “I get ‘um, Lord.” We shut the Lord out of our troubles, we shut the Lord out of our problems, we shut the Lord out of helping us, period.
This is not what the Lord wants. Scripture in Psalm 55:22 shares to “Cast all your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.” I find that the Lord doesn’t rescue people from situations, but He helps to guide people through them. It is more the “journey” than the end result where the Lord teaches us to trust in Him which raises our level of faith in Him.
“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 stand up under it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13
“…rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” Romans 5:4
Keep your hope alive in Christ!