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“Our hope comes in Jesus, even when He doesn’t do what we want Him to do. Even when He doesn’t fix what’s broken in our life… When Jesus is with us, He’s our anchor in the rough waters of a troubled life. If we want to survive the storm, we need to cling to Him like the salvation He is.” — Laura Story
Why does life have to be so hard? at’s a central question for many of us.
If we live a respectable life, and treat others well, things should end up being ok, shouldn’t they?
e reality, however, is that we can’t avoid trouble.
In my own life, I’ve had a child with meningitis; a child with scarring left from a severe burn; a parent dealing with dementia; a personal heart defect and a host of other troubles that keep piling up.
For you, trouble might look like a loved one getting sick, a child rebelling, a job loss or a devastating diagnosis.
Su ering doesn’t ask if you’re ready, and there’s never a good time for your life to be wrecked. Unfortunately, in this world we will have trouble.
is past Sunday, I preached on “When God doesn’t x it”. Perhaps, as Christians, or people of faith, we feel that God ought to solve our problems.
If He loves us, wouldn’t that seem fair?
Being a father of three, I attempt to treat my children fairly. For example, if I were to ask them to help me clean up my o ce, I would not ask my eight-year-old to carry something that only my 13-year-old could carry.
at would be unfair. I would appropriately ask each of them to carry something that they each could handle.
Yet, because we live in a broken world, things don’t always work out fairly, especially when it comes to trouble.
Thankfully, God also doesn’t operate on a scale of fairness. If He were fair, I couldn’t have my sins forgiven. If He were fair, I would have to pay for my misdeeds.
If He were fair, I would have no hope. Compared to God’s greatness, my goodness or righteousness is as a lthy rag. But because God isn’t fair, He extends His amazing grace to you and I, even when we don’t deserve it. Likewise, when we nd ourselves in times of trouble, He invites us to cast our anxieties on Him, because He cares for us.
A line that is often mistaken for being in the Bible says, “God will never give you more than you can handle.”
A quick read through the Bible and an observance of life in general, would help us understand that such a statement is inaccurate.
Many times, we may nd ourselves dealing with things beyond our ability to cope. Yet, when we nd ourselves dealing with more than we can handle, God invites us to turn to Him.
God may allow you and I more than we can handle, but He will never give us more than He can handle.
God loves us. Life will be hard. But, it will be worth it.
at’s the promise to those that follow Jesus. God will walk with us through our struggles, and by staying with Him, it will pay o more than we can begin to understand.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. — Isaiah 41:10