Well good morning it is about 9:47am and I have spent the last two hours sorting and repairing the crashing down or my supports for my cabinet doors in the shop. We had devised this rod system that was allowing us to finish both sides of the doors and hang them. Well all was going well and has been going well all week; however, each day we were adding more doors to the rack. Well last night sometime the rack had more than it could bear and down went the finished product of doors. Scratches now have to be fixed, some repainted, some just kinda rubbed out. Of course, the rack system has to be fixed and made stronger. So where am I going with this, well I believe many of us as Christians have attempted to encourage ourselves and our brothers and sisters with the statement God will not give you more than you can bear. Well with my foes of my rack system this morning I started thinking about this and I would have to say that i have reached a different conclusion than in the past. I begin to ask, was leading Israel out of Egypt more than Moses could bear, yes it was. Was slaying Goliath more than David could bear, yes it was. Was defeating 400 prophets of Baal more than Elijah could bear, yes it was. Was being beaten and imprisoned and called upon to sing and lead the very jailor who was in charge of the beatings to Christ more than Paul and Silas could bear, yes it was. But you see that is the point Jesus never wanted any of us to go through anything like that without Him. He brings us to things bigger than we can bear, heavier that we can carry so we can know that He is with us, loves us and will walk through every storm with us. When the mountain is to high He picks us up and carries us. I know those who love to argue will say, but what about 1 Corinthians 10:13, "No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it." Well here i would say the scripture speaks of temptation, my struggles are not always about temptation, but many times about how to carry the cross God has given. Additionally, it is Jesus that provides the doorway of escape, thank God we do not have to go through temptation without His presence and willingness to walk with us and proved us a doorway. I think we have a tendency to look at someone else's cross and say, 'I would rather carry their cross. It would be easier.' Well maybe or maybe not? If your goal in life is to set your cross down and to pick up someone else's, then you are forgetting one thing, you will have to bear the other cross without Jesus and that will never work. He has planted a Spirit inside you that yearns for His love, and unity in the Kingdom. So as hard as it may seem, the other cross will always end too much weight and end in destruction. Walk today with all you have and thank Jesus when all you have is not enough, knowing then all HE has ignites the flames that carry you through.
Loving Jesus With All I Got