We have all had well-meaning people tell us that God won’t give us “more than we can bear”. That is not only not in the Bible, but is also untrue, and I’m glad. Sounds weird, huh? Let me tell you why I am glad.
If God only gave us what we could bear, when would we discover our need for Him? If I could handle all of my problems all by myself, you would not find me on my face before Him, seeking Him like never before. I wouldn’t be searching the scriptures like a mad woman, craving a word from my Savior. I’d be somewhere relaxing, drinking coffee and reading a good book. David wrote Psalm 63: 1 "God, you are my God; I eagerly seek you; my body faints for you in a land that is dry, desolate, and without water" when he was in the wilderness of Judah, not in the palace living it up.
If I could handle all of my problems on my own, I would have also missed out on forming precious bonds with other believers. We are not meant to live this life alone, but in community. Christ commands us to bear one another’s burdens in Galatians 6:2. Who needs others when you’ve got it all covered? It’s in those times when I can’t bear the weight of my burdens that I turn to those whom I know love me and I find strength in their comfort, love and support.
When my problems are way over the top, so is my prayer life, so is my spiritual growth. As a matter of fact, that’s when my faith grows in leaps and bounds. I draw closer to my Savior and He draws ever closer to me.
So… I am glad that he sends/allows more than we can bear sometimes. It is in those times that we experience Him as our Rock, Provider, Shield, Strong Tower, Protector, Comforter and Deliverer. It is in those time that we get to know Him by his different names: JEHOVAH-ROHI -The Lord my shepherd, JEHOVAH-SHAMMAH – The Lord who is present, JEHOVAH-RAPHA – The Lord our healer, JEHOVAH-JIREH – The Lord will provide, JEHOVAH-SHALOM -The Lord is our peace…just to name a few.
Thank Him for those times. Treasure them. Especially lately, my roughest, most uncertain times have turned out to be my biggest blessings and I honestly wouldn’t trade them for anything. Don’t miss out on your blessing. Grow closer to Him as you go through the times that are more than you can bear alone. You’ll come out on the other side so much better for it. For you, O God, have tested us; you have tried us as silver is tried. You brought us into the net; you laid a crushing burden on our backs; you let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water; yet you have brought us out to a place of abundance. Psalm 66:10-12