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God is Bigger than my Pain

“Later, Paul will write it is when he is weak that the strength of Christ is seen.  In other words, when we can’t do it any longer.  When we are fed up.  When it has become too much.  When we have nothing left.  When we are empty.  When it is beyond our capability to deal with it.  Then, in that moment, the strength of the God of resurrection will be seen.  Until we get to that point, we rely on ourselves thinking we can handle it and take care of the problem.

Don’t hear me saying I am rejoicing because of the last couple of weeks.  I am not.  Not once have I danced around our house shouting, “Yeah suffering!”  Instead, in the midst of pain and hurt, I am actively expecting God to do something.  I don’t know what.  I don’t know when.  But I am expecting the God of resurrection to heal us.  I am expecting God to restore us.  I am expecting him to redeem this situation.  I am expecting him to do this and so I will be actively looking and waiting for him to do something.  I believe expectant waiting can only happen when we exchange our feeble platitudes for an authentic faith that engages God with the full brunt of our emotion and pain.  Only then can salvation been seen.

But that exchange takes courage.”

via Confronting the lie: God won’t give you more than you can handle – Nate Pyle – From One Degree to Another.

A friend of mine posted a link to this blog post on Facebook this morning and I thought it was such a good reminder.  People in dark situations always hear the phrase, “God won’t give you more than you can handle.”  For some reason everyone assumes that this is based on a scripture and thus if it’s in the Bible then you can have faith that this is true.  One problem, that’s not from the Bible.  It’s just some flowery Hallmark card type sentiment which sounds nice, but really is not biblical, but boy do we Christians love to quote it all the time.

The real truth is that God isn’t even the one giving us these trials and tribulations to begin with.  God does not give you cancer.  God does not kill your children, parents, siblings, grandparents, friends…  God does not bring the bad into this world.  We do that.  Our sinful nature allowed evil in to this world way back in the beginning and now it is Satan who brings heaps the pain upon us.

So if God is not the one giving us these problems in life at least certainly He is not allowing us to be handed more than we can bear, right?  Wrong.  God never promises that you will not be given more hurt and suffering than you can bear in this world.  But stick with me here,  He does promise something even greater.  He promises that He will not allow us to be burdened with more than He can handle.  That is HUGE.

For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.” 2 Corinthians 1:8-9

There is no pain so great in this world that God cannot overcome it.  Now, don’t get me wrong, this doesn’t mean that if you give everything over to Him to handle that everything will miraculously be made right and life from here on out will be nothing but sunshine and roses.  If that were true I would still be 37 weeks pregnant, and I probably wouldn’t be writing on this blog today.  I know for certain that the weight of this burden called “baby/child loss” is more than I can bear.  It’s heavy and it hurts me deep down to my core, but I know that it is something that God can handle.  It has shaken my faith, but it has not destroyed it.

Sometimes God allows us to be tested.  He allows us to have things thrown at us that are awful and hard and that might make it seem like He is not loving us.  Take the story of Job.  God loved Job.  God saw him as “blameless and upright,” and yet He allowed Satan to attack him.  Job lost his family, his livelihood  he lost everything and yet at the end of the day Job came before God broken, but still praising Him.  If Job could survive his loss and still see that God was good, who am I to question God’s will for my life?

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
and naked I will depart.
The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away;
may the name of the Lord be praised.” – Job 1:20

To me that is so hard to grasp right now.  I feel like life has thrown one too many curve balls at me, and now, here I am completely bruised and broken, completely lost and confused and He is still asking me to trust Him?  Doesn’t God understand that a couple miracles and a few answered prayers would make me trust Him more?  But I still hear God speaking to me, saying “Just keep trusting in Me.”  I keep being reminded of His promises.  I know that He will carry this burden for me if I can learn to let it go.  Letting go of the burden of loss and pain doesn’t mean forgetting it, it means understanding that I am weak, but He is strong to quote the song we all learned in Sunday School.  “Little ones to Him belong, they are weak, but He is strong.  Yes, Jesus loves me.  Yes, Jesus loves me.  Yes, Jesus loves me, the Bible tells me so.”  That is so simple.  Ask any toddler who has been to Sunday School and they can surely sing you that song, and yet that message is so great.  We belong to Him.  We are weak.  Oh, but He is so strong.  Why do I keep forgetting that?

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11

I am weak, but I am praying that God’s power will be made perfect through this situation.  I am praying that God’s grace will sustain us through this dark season we are in. I am praying that God will redeem this situation, and that it will be used for His glory.

Unredeemed – Selah

“The cruelest world
The coldest heart
The deepest wound
The endless dark
The lonely ache
The burning tears
The bitter nights
The wasted yearsLife breaks and falls apart
But we know these are
Places where grace is soon to be so amazing
It may be unfulfilled
It may be unrestored
But when anything that’s shattered is laid before the lord
Just watch and see
It will not be unredeemed

For every choice that led to shame
And all the love that never came
For every vow that someone broke
And every lie that gave up hope
We live in the shadow of the fall
But the cross says these are all
Places where grace is soon to be so amazing
It may be unfulfilled
It may be unrestored
But when anything that’s shattered is laid before the lord
Just watch and see
It will not be unredeemed

Places where grace is soon to be so amazing
It may be unfulfilled
It may be unrestored
But you never know the miracle the father has in store
Just watch and see
It will not be
Just watch and see
It will not be unredeemed

The cruelest world
The coldest heart
The deepest wound
The endless dark
The lonely ache
The burning tears
The bitter nights
The wasted years

Life breaks and falls apart
But we know these are
Places where grace is soon to be so amazing
It may be unfulfilled
It may be unrestored
But when anything that’s shattered is laid before the lord
Just watch and see
It will not be unredeemed

For every choice that led to shame
And all the love that never came
For every vow that someone broke
And every lie that gave up hope
We live in the shadow of the fall
But the cross says these are all
Places where grace is soon to be so amazing
It may be unfulfilled
It may be unrestored
But when anything that’s shattered is laid before the lord
Just watch and see
It will not be unredeemed

Places where grace is soon to be so amazing
It may be unfulfilled
It may be unrestored
But you never know the miracle the father has in store
Just watch and see
It will not be
Just watch and see
It will not be unredeemed”

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