Have you ever heard of the expression, “God doesn’t give us what we can handle, but He helps us handle what we are given?” Well I definitely have and I am a living witness to it. Granted, some days are harder than others, but I’ve learned to handle every little piece of sadness, pain, loneliness, frustration…the list goes on and on. But the only way, and I mean that to the fullest extent, that I was able to handle it was because He gave me the strength and the will to do so. It was through His help that I was able to handle it. Had it not been for God holding my hand and being there for me every step of the way, I honestly don’t know where I’d be. Some may question “why” does God choose to operate in that way? Well I’m glad you asked. For starters, you have to be reminded or made aware of how he works in the mysterious ways that He do.
#1 – God is and I repeat IS and ALWAYS in control. Case in point, consider the story of Job from the Old Testament (Job 1:1). Now I’m not going to get all biblical on you, I just want to remind you of the kind of man he was and what all he went through. He had to have some strong patience with unwavering faith in order to endure the tests and trials he encountered. And throughout those trials he was being tested by both God and Satan. God allowed Satan to do whatever he wanted to with Job while maintaining his life in the process. So I say that to say that throughout all that, God still remained in control.
#2 – He WOULDN’T put MORE on you than you can bear. If you’re going through something, then it’s for a reason; and that reason is for God to get the glory out of it. There were many times that I questioned God and asked “why”? And a majority of that time I had to learn the hard way. Those lessons taught me that in order to be able to build strength in my character, then I first need to be able to know and understand how much I can handle. I never understood that until after I was broken. Put simply, it’s the process that makes you, molds you, and forms what as many may say “a diamond in the rough.” So, although your circumstances or situation may seem unbearable, then cast out all fear because you can bear it.
#3 – Lastly, He Desires Your Trust in Him – There have been so many times where I’ve said, “Ok God, you’re taking too long so I think I’ll take it from here.” Sure enough, He allows me to have the opportunity. However, more often than not, I find myself falling flat on my face and regretting I ever made that decision to do things my way. We all want that instantaneous solution to our problems, but through every trial and tribulation patience must have her perfect work. So it’s in that process that you must trust Him and let Him take the wheel. After all, it’s become quite evident that He has our best interests at heart.
So yes, this cliché may seem ineffectual, but trust me when I say that it’s exactly the opposite. You just have to follow my lead and take a step back, reexamine yourself and the situation, and then begin to trust God. God always provides “a ram in the bush” as the scripture in Genesis 22:13 says. So the best advice I can give, is to just have a little more faith.