January 20, 2019 Sermon

Do you enjoy motivational quotes? They are great to read and internalize for ourselves. However, many are attributed to the wrong person. If you go over and over on the internet, you'll find unreliable attributions of famous quotes. Just some of the quotes that are attributed to The Bible, yet are not there: God helps those who helps themselves, Cleanliness is next to Godliness, and God works in mysterious ways.

How about this one: God will not give your more than you can handle? God allows us to be tested and it's always more than we can handle. But the test is whether you will try and handle it with or without Him. The test is always more than we can handle, but never more than He can handle. Think about Abraham, David, and Paul, among others. They all handled things that were beyond their human abilities. They needed to use the strength of the Power of God and The Holy Spirit to achieve and overcome.

We don't have empty suffering. We may not get answers on earth, but we certainly will in Heaven. When we endure loss, a painful trial, or things that appear unfair, we need to understand that God allows us to go through more than we can handle. Why? Because His Desire for us is not to rely on ourselves, but reach out to Him so that He may be praised.

In Isaiah, it says that when you pass through tough times, God will be there; we don't go through it alone. Notice that it doesn't say if. See, many misquote this. Know that you will go through tough times; it is written. But, you are precious in God's Sight. God is not going to let His Precious Cargo destroyed. When we pass through the water, it won't overwhelm us. When we pass through the flames, they won't consume us.

How about a new quote to add to the list of those that aren't in The Bible, yet would still hold true: God works in redemtive ways. God is The Redeemer. We are precious in His Sight. God allowed His Son to go through trials and tribulations. If Jesus went through storms, we must expect that we're going to go through them as well. The struggle is that when we go through things, we forget that we are precious and honored in His Sight. We may think other quotes: Did I do something wrong?, Did I anger God?, and Am I forgotten by God? These also are not true.

God will always give you more than you can handle.

Isaiah 43:1-7

- Jon Bruney

Zion Missionary Church - Fremont, Indiana

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