Who tell yuh dat? | The lies we believe: God will never give you more than you can bear - Part II
If you are a Star Trek fan, chances are you are familiar with the phrase, 'Beam me up, Scotty'. This phrase has been used so many times that we assume it is from Star Trek, but it has never been used in any of the 79 episodes or six movies. Don't believe? Check out Dictionary.com/e/slang/beam-me-up-scotty/ and the website Stack Exchange.
In the same way, we make errors with phrases we think are found in the Bible. Over the past few weeks, we have looked at some of these phrases. Today, as we conclude Who Tell Yuh Dat? The Lies We Believe, we will continue to look at why God will allow us to experience more than we can bear.
Last week, we observed that God allows us to experience more than we can bear to teach us to depend on Him. When the storms of our lives become so unbearable, we should always remember to cling to the presence of God, who is close to those who call on Him. We continue this week by looking at three other reasons God will allow us to experience more than we can bear. He does this because it:
1 Allows us to experience His power:
God wants us to experience His supernatural power because too many of us are doing life on our own. In difficult times, God pulls our faith to a higher level, and part of this process is for us to experience His power. The apostle Paul said in 2 Corinthians 1:9 (NIV), "... but this happened that we might not rely on ourselves, but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and He will deliver us again".
God's power comes in response to our needs. The Israelites would not have seen the parting of the Red Sea if they were not being chased by the Egyptians. The widow of Zarephath would not have had the miracle of multiplying flour and oil unless she was starving. The Hebrew boys had to be thrown into the fire to walk in the fire! The Lord is calling us to arise in faith and engage Him for our miracle, destiny and purpose!
2 Teaches us that His grace is sufficient:
We are going to have to learn that it's only God's grace that can take us through our difficulties. Our problems will remain, but God's grace will enable us to make it despite the situation. In 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV), the apostle Paul said, "... therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me." He recognised that it was in his weakness that the power of God was truly completely manifest. When we are experiencing more than we can handle, this is where the Lord's strength comes shining through in our lives.
3 Teaches us that we need the prayers of others:
When the apostle Paul reached his breaking point, His dependence was on God, but he recognised that the prayers of the other brothers and sisters were equally as important, as he said in 2 Corinthians 1:11 (NIV), "... on Him we have set our hope that He will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers."
No man is an island, you and I need each other. When some people reach their breaking point, they first think they can tough it out alone. When they cannot, then they call upon the Lord, but part of trusting the Lord with our pain is seeking the help and prayers of fellow believers. That's why the Bible tells us to "carry each other's burdens, and in this way, you will fulfil the law of Christ". (Galatians 6:2, NIV)
Liberate yourself, you need other people. Sometimes there is a fear as Christians to admit that they feel overwhelmed. That mindset enslaves us and keeps us from getting the prayer and support we need.
God allows us to experience more than we can handle because He wants us to draw close to Him so that He can reveal His presence to us. He wants to give us His supernatural power because His power is made perfect in our weaknesses. God wants us to realise that we need each other.
I pray that the power of the Holy Spirit will be real to us as we seek the Lord right now in whatever challenge we are facing. I pray that the presence of God will minister to our hurts right now and that as we walk through the valley, we will fear no evil because God is with us.