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(20 June 2018)

"Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing."
(John 15:5)

We've been taking a look at some of the expressions people use that sounds spiritual, but they are not biblical. 

Cliché 3: God will not allow more than you can handle.

Have you ever been in die midst of a trial, when some well-meaning person tried to encourage you with these words, "Don't worry, God will not allow more than you can handle!" It sounds very encouraging, but it is not the truth.

Time and time again the Lord will allow things in your life that is more than you can handle. You see, when you can handle everything life throws your way on your own, why do you need God?

In His love and grace, the Lord will allow difficult things to happen to us to make us aware of our need for Him. We need Him every minute of every day. 

When we become aware of how much we need Him, we will begin to lean on Him. We will trust Him to empower and help us. We will not lean on our own understanding but ask for His wisdom. We will acknowledge Him in all our ways, and trust His Spirit to lead and guide us.

The moment we realise we are utterly helpless without His mercy, grace and strength, we will lean on Him all the more.

Sometimes God will allow circumstances that seem totally overwhelming, so we can learn to lean on Him and trust Him. 

God has promised never to leave nor forsake us. He has promised to help us whenever we call on Him. He has promised to strengthen us so we can face whatever comes our way. He has given us His armour and His Spirit to help us. 

Difficult circumstances are training ground. Through Paul, the Lord instructs us in Romans 5 to rejoice when we run into trials and problems. They help us develop endurance. Endurance then develops a strong character, and character strengthens our hope of salvation.

Just as with the two previous clichés, the point is that we need God. We can't do life without Him. And sometimes, the only way for us to realise this fact is to be in a situation we can't handle, so we recognise we need Him.

PRAY WITH ME: Lord, I admit that I am unable to do life without You. I need You. Thank you that I can rely on You.