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An Oldie Comes Back Around

I've taught this passage before and mention it often. I've known and know people who have lived it. Liza has experienced it. So have I, our kids and our extended family. So have many of you. 

It flies in the face of the casual idea that God doesn't give you more than you can handle. I believed that for a long time. I don't any more. And neither does the Apostle Paul. He wrote: 

"For we do not want you to be unaware, brethren, of our affliction which came to us in Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life; indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves...

The truth is that God does give us more than we can handle ourselves. He does so often. He does so because He is most interested in our trusting Him. And that's exactly where Paul goes:

"...so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead; who delivered us from so great a peril of death, and will deliver us, He on whom we have set our hope. And He will yet deliver us..." 1 Corinthians 1:8-10

Amen. Yet the fallen human flesh, cursed and corrupted, still present in all of us wants to steer our trust towards ourselves. If that doesn't work, flesh tends to choose the fickle things around us - material things or even human relationships - for objects of our trust. Still all of these will fail. None are consistent. None keep the promise they make. 

Our trust is in God. And He regularly gives us more than we can handle ourselves to invite us to the only trust that is trustworthy - Himself, Creator, Father, Lord of all, The God of Resurrected Life. 

Our hope is in Him. He raises the dead. He has delivered us. He will yet deliver us. 

Friend, wherever you are, whatever you're facing - trust is a major factor of the condition of your heart. It takes time to track down the object of your trust. It takes some introspection and personal honesty. The only life-giving, freedom-offering, trustworthy direction is to your Heavenly Father. Trust Him. 

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