“God doesn’t put more on you than you can stand”
Suffering is not something apart from God. It is not a test sent by God to us, but it is a place. A place, a point, an X on the map of life – where we encounter God in a whole and different way.
Jesus on the cross reminds us that in these times of suffering and pain we are not alone. God stands with us in the suffering. A God who is not apart from us, but the One who is in it with us. A God who is alive and living in us. “For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers.” 1Tim 4:10 (NASB)
Our faith is not demonstrated by how easily we are able to bear burdens – no! Faith is demonstrated by our recognition that we do not – can not – bear the burden alone. God bears them with us. “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Mat 11:28-30 (NASB)
God is made known to us through Jesus Christ – The Church is the body of Christ in the world. Therefore the church is somewhere we can go and say “I have a burden that I myself cannot bear”. A place where we are surrounded by love and support that will also bear the burden with you. “All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ.” 2 Cor. 1:3-5 (NLT)
Scripture does not tell us – “God will not put more on you than you can take” We are not unworthy or lacking in faith because we can not bear our burdens alone. Scripture tells us we are not alone! “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” Psalms 23:4
We must race on the best we can – we have HOPE – we are not alone!