Psalm 139:23 – Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. (NIV)
One day recently, I was reading the prayer requests on the Daily, when one in particular caught my attention. It started:
- Where is God today? — I am really struggling with several big problems in my life. I keep praying, but God seems to be ignoring me. I am worried about myself — I don't know what to do and I'm getting desperate. The Bible says the Lord will never give us more than we can handle, but that's a lie. I can't take any more, and every day the pressure increases. I'm so scared and sad.
One can almost see and hear the pain, the fear, in this call for help. I would like to bring this to light and comment on it, reflecting on the feelings I had in my younger years.
My dad died and my mom and I were left alone. Two years later, mom and I were involved in an automobile accident. I almost lost her too. It was at this time in my life I was filled with great fear of being left alone. This blow drove me to the point where I wondered, "How much can I bear?"
I now believe that these things, though they were torturous at the time, were a time of testing, a time of learning. It helps me now, when others experience such things, to understand something of how they must feel. We often wonder why and for what reason.
Only God knows. He tries and tests us. I pray that we will be refined, each one of us, and one day be made pure as gold. This will take all our time here on earth and all our strength. God will help us to bear up, knowing we cannot do it alone.
Our lives will be subjected to many more experiences. We never know when the tide will turn. There is no regularity or promise of an easy way of life.
We do have the promise of God that He will not give us burdens we cannot bear:
- God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. (1 Corinthians 10:13 NIV)
May we be strengthened and given courage in times of stress when we feel there is no hope, no God and that all is a lie. God didn't plant such seeds; Satan did. With God there is hope, in the promises He has given. We are called to believe it, to accept His grace, to be humble and to know that He is God — the one true God, who will bear all our burdens.
Matthew 11:29-30 – Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. (NIV)
Psalm 68:19 – Praise be to the Lord, to God our Saviour, who daily bears our burdens. (NIV)
Prayer: Lord, forgive us for thinking we cannot bear up under the troubles of life, when You have promised You will be there for us. In Jesus' name. Amen.