e Bi­ble doesn’t say that

Truro Daily News - - Faith - Ken Banks Ken Banks is the lead pas­tor at Con­nec­tion Church in Truro.

“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

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