“Too Much to Handle”
Ever felt that life just isn’t fair? As though when we think “God does not gives more than we can bear He either allows or purposely gives us more than we can endure?
Did God really promise us to not allow life to get too heavy and/or promise He Himself would not overburden us?
I don’t have to list all the struggles, pain and heaviness that life in this world seems to be illed with, you personally know what that is like. We all do. Some of us have heavier burdens than others. We see some people crumbling under the weight of what they carry.
So what does God say, what does He promise?
- God tells us life here on earth will be tough.
John 16:33 “33 … In the world ye shall have tribulation…” – so there is o promise of a stress or problem free life here on earth. Actually God guarantees that life will be filled with tribulation (trials, suffering, pain, ordeal, distress, trouble, difficulty, hardship, misery).
God does not give us too much?
1 Corinthians 10:13 “There hath no temptation taken hold of you, but such as is common to man. But God is faithful; He will not suffer you to be tempted beyond that which ye are able to bear, but with the temptation will also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
Now before you start getting mad at God for all of this, think for a moment. A. Who brought sin and rebellion into this world? We humans did, not God. B. If Jesus, who knew no sin, suffered and felt the weight of the world’s sin, unjustly I might add, then why should we expect to live worry free?
There are some basic truths we must remember:
- We live in a burdensome and fallen world:
Romans 8:21-23 “ 21that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. 22We know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until the present time. 23Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.…”
- We have others burden us: (other people and don’t forget the Devil [yes the Devil is real])
Matthew 23:4 “For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.”
1 Peter 5:8 “8 …because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”
- We burden ourselves: (we are often our own worst enemy)
Psalm 38:4 “For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me.”
Lamentations 1:14 “The yoke of my transgressions is bound by his hand: they are wreathed, and come up upon my neck: he hath made my strength to fall, the Lord hath delivered me into their hands, from whom I am not able to rise up.”
- We a God we can depend on to go through our struggles with us.
- God is one we an depend on because H has overcome what overwhelms us.
John 16:33 33 These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”
- He’ll always love us
Romans 8:38–39 “38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
- He can help lead us away from our burdening ourselves
Matthew 6:13 “13 And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.”
- We are not alone in all of this.
James 1:13 “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:”
- Remember God only gives what is good – always.
James 1:17 “17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”
- With Jesus in our hearts we are winners – this world with its troubles is not our home.
1 Peter 5 “1 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: 2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; 3 Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away. 5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. 6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. 10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. 11 To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.