God Is Not Picking On You…

IMG_3945“God gives the hardest battles to His strongest warriors.” I saw this on a sign in front of a church and it hit me wrong. Especially after the battle I just went through. And it’s lines like that that can lead people to think God is up there throwing bad times their way because He thinks they can handle it. Then add lines to it like “He won’t give you more than you can handle.” (Which is a lie. He won’t give us more than we can handle with Him.) And we can start to believe God is the force behind everything we go through. Sometimes people are just mean, sometimes we mess up, and yes sometimes God allows things to happen to get us to where He needs us to be. Either way it’s tough, but it becomes even tougher when we buy into the mentality that God is “picking on us.” The Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 12:9, “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” That verse alone tells you He is never going to “give” you something because He thinks you are strong. If He does allow something to happen (The devil must ask for permission to test you read Luke 22: 31-32, Job 1:10-22) He will mean it and use it for your good. But we have to stop blaming God for everything. Sometimes people use their free will to do harm and we suffer the price. Sometimes we use our own free will to harm ourselves or others and they and ourselves suffer the price. But even then if we are willing God is still there waiting to use it for His glory and our good. I don’t know if your circumstances are of your doing, someone else’s doing, or of a testing season like in Job. But I do know that no matter how it came about, God is there to help you through it and after it. Just don’t let silly sayings get in your way of believing you don’t need Him. Philippians 4:13 reminds us that though we can do all things, it is only through Christ that we can. Our strength is not our own. At least I know mine is not. I’ve seen first hand how I handle a crisis on my own, verses how I do once I have handed it all over to God. Not even close friends, not even close. So if you are facing something today, don’t worry so much about why, but how. That answer my friend is God. ❤

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