Ok, one more to come next week… but I think I want to stop here for today.
Ok, last chapter, I promise this time…
(dedicated to Sara Groves, Bebo Norman and Andrew Peterson who I am listening to in concert at my church as I write this… and especially to Andrew, who sang my very favorite Rich Mullins song on this, the 16th anniversary of his death)
Then, in what ways is the statement we have been looking at true… or at least accurate?
Well, we ended last week with the thought that though God WILL give us more than we can bear. He WILL let us face more than we can bear. But He will never let us face more than HE can bear.
Or, put in other words “In this world you will face trouble… but take heart; I have overcome the world!” (John 16:33)
So, then, how might it apply to tough moments in our lives?
Here is the truth…
There is nothing that you or I will ever face that will force us to lose our faith… our trust… our hope in Christ and His Father and Their Spirit.
Maybe that is what we are trying to tell each other, frail children of dust that we are… “Hey, remember God will never allow you to face something so awful that you will have no choice but to fall away and be lost again in darkness. Will you face trouble? Yes. Will it be more than you could bear alone? Yes. Will I be there to bear it with you? I hope so. Will He who cares for you bear it with you? Yes. Will you feel it? Sometimes and sometimes not. Can you always see it? Sometimes not at all.”
Maybe that is what we are trying to say.
So, when we are “feeble and crushed” when we “groan because of the tumult of our heart,” (Psalm 38:8) we can remember the truth that we cannot always see or feel… that
“God will never leave us or forsake us” (Hebrews 13:5-6) and that
“We can never be separated from the love of God.” (Romans 8:35-39).
Carrying more than I can bear,