Too Much to Bear?
May 18, 2015 Christian living

too much to bear?How are you doing? I’ve been pretty exhausted lately. Nothing major, just too little sleep and too much to process. Thankfully, I know where my strength comes from.

My help comes from the Lordthe Maker of heaven and earth (Psalm 121:2, NIV).

Especially now spending time with God is essential. Otherwise I would not make it. Often people say God does not give you more than you can bear. But life is not fair, things happen, and, suddenly, we do have too much on our plate. The thing is – we do get more than we can bear on our own. Only with God it’s not too much to bear. Do you get the difference?

That’s why I loved reading these verses this morning. A prayer for me today. And maybe for you too?

 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way. (Eph.1:17-23, NIV)

We need – in order to live fully even in the midst of hardships – the spirit of wisdom and revelation. We need – in order to not despair when we feel trapped – the eyes of our heart enlightened to see real hope. We need – in order to keep on praising God when there seems so little to be thankful for – the resurrection power.

These gifts are ours when we are God’s children. God has placed all things – also those things that bother us and try to cause stress upon stress – under his feet.

What are we then to do if stressing out is not necessary?
What are we to do when there’s not reason to worry?
What are we to do when everything is done for us?

We are to rest in God. We are to build our life on real hope we find in Jesus. We are to praise God even when it’s dark around us. Because we know when our help comes from. And that help will not let us down now or any time in the future. Hallelujah!


Dear God,
You are amazing.
And I don’t have to be.
I can be weak yet have strength when I lean on you.
I can be empty yet be filled with your hope.
I can be nothing yet I have everything in you.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
For carrying me when I have too much to bear.
For providing me when I have nothing to give.
For guiding me when I don’t know what to do.
Thank you, thank you, thank you
that I can be yours.
Be praised forever and ever.
In Jesus’ name,

Q4U: Has life given you too much to bear? How did you handle it? Have you experienced the power of resurrection in your own life?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you lean on God when life gives you too much to bear on your own!

Image courtesy of Mari-Anna Stålnacke. Linking up today with Sharing His Beauty, Unforced Rhythms, Playdates with God.

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