You will have storms that leave you feeling shaken.
You will have heartaches that will leave you broken.
You will have people that hurt you and leave you disappointed.
You will have temptations that leave you feeling overcome and powerless.
You will have trials that leave you feeling helpless.
You will face all of these one point in life or another but when you do you don’t have to lose hope because through it all you also have Jesus.
I’ve always heard this saying “God will never give you more than you can handle”, and I think for the most part it’s true, but it’s missing one very important part in the end : “God will never give you more than you can handle…with Him.”
See, I think sometimes God does give you more than you can handle because when you can’t do it on your own anymore, you have only one choice: to run into His open arms, to ask Him for help, and to surrender everything to Him.
And there in your weakness, in your inability to overcome, in your surrender He will step in and His power will be sufficient for you…
When you are fighting your battles and you don’t think you can get up and face your enemy one more time.
When you are feeling heartbroken and you don’t think you can forgive that person who hurt you one more time.
When you are in the middle of that dark valley that seems to have no light at the end and you don’t think you have the strength to take a step one more time.
When you keep stepping out of your comfort zone and failing and you don’t think you can take another rejection one more time.
When you keep on praying persistently and no answer seems to come and you don’t think you can handle God’s silence one more time.
Peter reminds us that we shouldn’t be surprised when we face trials that test our faith, when we face temptations that seem too hard to handle, when we find ourselves in the middle of a storm (1 Peter 4:12) All of these are normal and must happen in our walk with Christ.
It is through our struggles, it is in our weakness, it is in our darkest moments that we grow in Christ.
“God could have kept Joseph out of jail, kept Daniel out of the lion’s den, kept Jeremiah from being tossed into a slimy pit, kept Paul from being shipwrecked three times, and kept the three Hebrew young men from being thrown into the blazing furnace, but he didn’t. He let those problems happen, and each of those people were drawn closer to God as a result. Your most profound and intimate experiences of worship will likely be in your darkest days — when your heart is broken, when you feel abandoned, when you’re out of options, when the pain is great, and you turn to God alone.” – Rick Warren
Maybe God is allowing you to face some hard situations today just like He allowed Joseph, Daniel, Jeremiah, and Paul to.
If you find yourself in a place where you doubt that you can really reach the end I want to remind you that you can, and you will.
Because no night is too dark, no battle is too hard, no situation is too hopeless, no chains are too strong when you have Jesus by your side.
You need everything that you need to be victorious in your battles, to overcome in your temptations, to be hopeful during your dark times because you have Jesus.
I am glad that just like God kept Joseph in jail, Daniel in the lion’s den, and Paul on those ships that were shipwrecked He also allows me to face hardships with Him.
Don’t be discouraged if you are facing problems today. God is using those trials, disappointments, and failures to draw Him near to you and teach you lessons you wouldn’t learn any other way.
Don’t despise them but ask God to help you learn and grow in Him through it.
Be blessed and surrender your battles to Christ today. -Anna… ♥
“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.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9