I often wonder why we Christians always think our lives should be easy and go just as we think it should. I am embarrassed to admit that I, also, have had expectation of "the good life" from time to time. There was a part of me that thought when I became engaged to a pastor that my marriage would be just the best.one.ever! And that hubs
and I would just get along famously all the time and our marriage would never be
any work at all.
I've learned that isn't so. Marriage is hard work no matter what. And I think that life is designed that way on purpose. I think God allows the things in our lives to be difficult on us so that we learn to lean on him at all times!
It amazes me how many times I hear people say "God will never give you more than you can handle". I hear it all the time. When someone is sick in a family, the people say "But, HE will not give us more than we can bear". This is a comforting statement - but it isn't what the bible says really. We are all usually looking for a reason to believe that God really does want our lives to be a bed of roses.
When people use this statement, they are usually referring to 1 Corinthians 10:13 which reads:
This verse really isn't about God giving us more than we can handle in our lives, instead it is really referring to the temptations in our lives. It clearly states that none of our personal temptations are anything other than what is common for all of us. It does say that He will never allow us to be tested beyond what we can bear but go on and read the rest of the verse......do you see it? It says that when we are tempted (BECAUSE we WILL be tempted) that He will provide a way out so we can stand up against the temptation.
See, I believe that God does give us more than we humanly can handle in life so that we will turn to HIM. Otherwise - we would be able to boast of our own strength and how we "made it through". If we can handle it on our own - then we wouldn't need to depend on God and then it is just us making it through on pure human will and determination.
I believe God gives us MORE than we can handle because it is an opportunity for us to make HIM famous and be HIS glory revealed. If we are going through something that is humanly impossible and yet, through HIS greatness we are able to handle it and can share that with the world, then WOW! We are making him famous. And isn't that what life is really all about? Knowing God and making him known to others?
If Jesus, our LORD and Savior, wasn't given life on "easy" street, why should we think we deserve that? God never promised us that life. He did promise that HE would always be with us and see us through. As hard as it is, I am trying to be thankful when God gives me more than I can handle because it gives me the opportunity to lean on HIM. And with HIM, I can make though whatever comes my way. Maybe not with a crown of roses - living it up and easy street, but I will take the hard street anytime if it means I am growing closer to my maker!