Posts Tagged ‘trials’

Through It All

When I was a little girl, there would occasionally be singers who would come to our church to minister. There was a couple who came whose names I can’t remember. Dad bought their 8-track. (Yes, I said 8-track. Yes, I’m that old.) This song was on that album, and it was one of my favorites way back then. The other day, the song came to mind as I was thinking of some of the tough times I’m been through. As I thought about the words of the song, I realized that it could have been written about me and my life. Well, except for the fact that sometimes I don’t think I’ve quite learned to trust God like I should. Through my trials, I have often failed to trust Him, and I’ve made some huge mistakes. However, because of those trials and even the mistakes I’ve made, I’ve learned that God has never once failed me, and as I go through the rest of my life, including the bad times, I know God will be there to help me through.

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Strong Enough

I’ve noticed that this year has been especially difficult for many of my friends. Perhaps it’s because I’ve gone through some really tough times myself this year that my awareness has been heightened toward the problems of others. I can’t recall how many times I’ve seen friends ask for prayers for situations either they or friends/family of theirs have been facing. Almost every time, the comment section will include two common themes: 1) God won’t put on you more than you can handle, and 2) God must think you’re strong enough to handle this, or He wouldn’t put you through it.¬†While the people making those comments are well-intentioned and only seeking to provide encouragement, they are wrong. In fact, those two sayings are the exact opposites of the truth.

Nowhere does the Bible say God won’t give us more than we can handle. It does say that His grace is sufficient (2 Cor. 12:9). If we never had to face anything we couldn’t handle, we wouldn’t ever need sufficient grace. God quite often puts on us more than we can handle so that we have to go to Him for help.

As for being strong… God chooses to use weak things and weak people so that His power is demonstrated (1 Cor. 1:27). Telling someone they are going through something because they are strong has a tendency to cause pride in our own efforts. What we must do when we face troubles is humble ourselves before God and admit that it is only through Him that we can have victory.

I don’t mean to sound negative in what I’ve said. Actually, it is all very positive. When God puts you through a hardship, it means that He has chosen to do a work through YOU. When you recognize that it is more than you can handle and that you aren’t strong enough to get through it on your own, you are putting yourself right where God wants you, right where He can get all the glory when you come out on the other side. Remember “I can do all things through Christ…” (Phil 4:13).

This song by Matthew West says what I’ve tried to say in such a beautiful way.

Fall On My Knees

The Browders are a family who form a Southern Gospel group which has become one of my favorites. I saw them for the first time a few weeks ago at my church, Charity Baptist Church in Blountville, TN. I think I had heard them on the radio before that, but I’m not sure. It’s neat that they live just up the road from me in Hiltons, VA. (On my way home every day, I see a sign saying “Hiltons 20 miles”.) They’re so close, yet I didn’t even know about them until a few weeks ago, and now I listen to their cd “The Message” all the time.

On that cd, the song titled “Fall On My Knees” has been a great blessing to me. Lately, I have been going through some of the toughest trials of my life, and my only recourse has been to “Fall On My Knees”. As I listen to this song, I can relate to every word. I know I have several friends and family members who are praying along with me, and I want all of you to know that I can feel your prayers and I appreciate them all. I hope this song will bless you as much as it blesses me every time I hear it.