By Karen Polich
Life can be overwhelming. I am feeble and utterly crushed; I groan in anguish of heart. Psalm 38:8
“God will not give you more than you can handle.” WRONG! This is one of the dumb things Christians say. The danger of this cliché is it points people inward instead of God-ward. Continuing the Dumb Things Christians Say sermon series, Pastor Michael M. Cook walked us through dealing with overwhelming times in life. (Listen here.) 2 Corinthians 12:9, Psalm 121:1-2
“God WILL put more on our plate than we can ever handle.” – Michael M. Cook
When things are going well, we are often satisfied with a small dabbling of Christ in our lives. In struggle, we may decide we want more of Him or question God when we should be calling out to Him. Where do you find yourself when life is on overload?
At times, we create situations that overwhelm us (example, Jonah), but at other times, the circumstances may be completely out of our control (example, Job).
What should we do to get through the overwhelming times in life?
- Never let the presence of a problem cause you to doubt the presence of God!
- Never let the power your problems cause you to doubt the power of God!
As Pastor Michael M. Cook put it, “God will give you more than you can handle, but not more than He can handle.”
If you don’t find yourself in a place where you have learned to completely trust in God and you seek counsel or solace elsewhere, there is work to do. 2 Corinthians 12:9
Instead of trying to “be strong” we can discover God’s greatest power in our weakness. When there is no way out, He wants us to rely on Him alone. Are you giving Him all of your struggles?
“It’s not what happens to me that is so important, it’s what happens in me that makes all the difference.” – Michael M. Cook