life-is-toughEver hear someone say that God won’t put more on you than you can take? Sometimes life is more than you can handle.

King Jehoshaphat, a king of Judah from the Old Testament, experienced more than he could handle. After learning of an invading army intent on wiping them out, he was terrified and begged God for help. Jehoshaphat prayed, “O our God, won’t you stop them? We are powerless against this mighty army that is about to attack us. We do not know what to do, but we are looking to you for help.” (2 Chronicles 20:12, NLT). God told him to march the army out and take their battle position. But, God assured the king that the battle was God’s problem and they would not have to fight! The king ordered the “praise leaders” of their day to sing praises to God. If you’d like to know how the story ends, read 2 Chronicles 20:22-24.

Why does God allow us to experience more than we can handle? God wants you to depend on Him more than on yourself. God is serious about being number one. Faith really matters. God is glorified when you completely depend on Him. So, God will allow you to experience more than you can handle to get you back on track.

When River Ridge ended I wondered if I would ever pastor another church or have another “full-time” ministry position. I felt like God “was done” with me and was ready to put me on a shelf! Since River Ridge was a “failure” I concluded that “successful” church planters or pastors would never give me another chance. Basically, I felt that life was more than I could handle. As far as I was concerned, my life had no real purpose. I felt empty.

That’s when God got my attention! The past two weeks have been some of the most spiritually meaningful days of my life. While I don’t know what future God has in store for me, it doesn’t really matter. My life is not about me . . . it’s about God! So, when life is more than you can handle, just look up and praise God anyway.

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1 Comment on Is life more than you can handle?

  1. Deb says:

    Awesome! And, we can share what we experience with others. Often, I believe, this sharing can touch others in very unexpected ways.