A Pastors Perspective,Coping with Life

Southaven,Ms

By : Mike Upchurch

Coping with Life

I hear many people quote a particular Bible verse to comfort or encourage people when that person is going through an ordeal. They certainly mean well, and are attempting to bring hope. They will say something like this…

“You know, God will never put more on you than you can handle.”

Unfortunately, that verse doesn’t exist in the Bible.

The only scripture that comes close is found in 1 Corinthians. Let’s examine that verse….

“No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭10:13‬ ‭NASB‬‬

Paul is discussing being tempted to sin, not enduring trials or tragedy. He is simply telling the Church, and us, that there will always be a way out when you’re tempted, and that He won’t allow us to be tempted beyond our ability to resist. There is always the ability to say no. But that is another column for another day.

As to ordeals or struggles or tragedy in our lives, the truth is sometimes life IS more than we can handle. But perhaps He has allowed those things to occur so that we will turn to Him and seek Him. When we are at the end of our rope, we are to turn to HIM for comfort and help. If we could handle all our problems and we could endure life’s tragedies on our own, then we wouldn’t ever need Him. Some would never cry out to Him. Some would never seek Him if there weren’t situations where they couldn’t cope. Paul certainly knew the power found in Him when he could no longer endure…

“We think you ought to know, dear brothers and sisters, about the trouble we went through in the province of Asia. We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead. And He did rescue us from mortal danger, and He will rescue us again. We have placed our confidence in Him, and He will continue to rescue us.”
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭1:8-10‬ ‭NLT‬‬

That’s the hope; that HE will be there and that He will deliver us. As we begin 2018, let us always be mindful that He is instantly and constantly there for us when life is more than we can bear. No matter what we face, He will be there in every situation bringing comfort and peace we cannot manufacture on our own. He is there to rescue us and deliver us through every trial of life! Don’t try to be a hero or a martyr and “go it alone”. Don’t try to cope by turning to drugs or alcohol or other escapes. Turn to Him and surrender! You’ll find that joy comes in the morning no matter what you’re facing when you are trusting Him!

And that’s the way I see it!

Pastor Mike