How do you cope with life’s issues when you can’t find anyone to talk to or understand what you’re going through? 2020 has been a year of unprecedented circumstances that have taxed many of us beyond our limits. Add a dose of the Holiday Blues, and the pressure, to some, can be more than they can bare.
I am reminded of a movie we watched some time ago, Saved By Grace. In the movie a homeless man tells Rick “God is good.” To which Rick replies, “He never gives us no more than we can handle right?” The homeless man replies, “That’s right.” Then Rick begs the question, “What happens if it is more than we can handle?“
Exactly. What happens if it is more than we can handle?
Have you ever had or are having one of those moments that could’ve been a sci-fi mini series? To make matters worse, the people you’ve gone to for solace are listening. But the answers they give you only take you further into an abyss of frustration and discouragement. A place so devastating you think everyone has deserted you; even God.
That’s where Job found himself, after a series of unspeakable horror. Ironically, the reason he was in that predicament was because Satan was trying to prove a point to God. Point being, the only reason Job served God was because He protected and prospered him. (Job 1:9-11 NKJV) Job was a righteous man yet horrible calamities befell him. (Job 1:1-3 NKJV)(Job 1:13-22 NKJV)
Never buy into a popcorn religion that tries to sell you all the blessings of God and no storms. If Jesus suffered and all he did was good. Will we not also have sorrows and suffering in our lives? (Job 14:1 NKJV)
He knew God was always there when he had no other place to turn.
Job served God in prayer, worship and praise. Which built his faith muscles to the degree he refused to abandon God, no matter the circumstance. He may have gotten a little self-righteous as we sometimes do. But God checked his self-righteousness by posing questions Job did not have the wisdom to answer. (Job 38 and Job 39 NKJV) Again. like many of us, we have not the wisdom to fathom God’s power and authority.(1 Corinthians 2:11 NKJV) Nevertheless, Job knew he was in no position to abandon a God, who never abandoned him. He knew God was always there when he had no other place to turn. And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.” (Deuteronomy 31:8 NKJV)
This is something with which we should all understand no matter the circumstance. Not only understand but know that He is God and is with us. (Psalm 46 :10-11NKJV) Yes, it is easier said than done, but we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.
You may think or say, “But at times I don’t feel his presence.” Does the teacher talk to you during an exam? No, he/she gives you the instructions aforetime. Just as God gives us instructions in His word, that we must apply daily. Then as we study to show ourselves approved to Him, He reveals Himself to us when we find ourselves in late night horror shows or nightmares.
Even when we feel as though there is no one else to turn to. We can know, with an assurance, God will be there for us.
True peace and comfort come from Christ alone. He is ever present in our times of trouble, and He will be there for you when no one else will. You may have to turn your face to the floor in prayer or turn your face to the wall and bring God’s word to remembrance, like Hezekiah. (2 Kings 20:2-6 NIV) But know somewhere in that turning you will find God waiting with opened arms. (Matthew 11:28-30 NKJV)
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any [a]trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our [b]consolation also abounds through Christ. (2 Corinthians 1:3-5 NKJV)
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