January 29, 2019

When the Trial Seems Like Too Much

Written by Shana Schutte

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – January 29, 2019

In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.  John 16:33

When I was 46, I snow skied for the first time. Well…it was sort of skiing. It was some sliding, some falling, and quite a bit of praying that I wouldn’t get injured. One of my wipe outs, according to my husband, Clark, resembled a ballet-like move followed by an “epic wipe out.”

If you are familiar with snow skiing, you know that the runs are color coded for difficulty. The greens are the easiest, the blues are intermediate, and the blacks are for experts.  I have been skiing blues for a while, and have made it days without falling. Thank God for progress!

Last week, while skiing with Clark he said, “Follow me. I want to show you a new part of the mountain.”

“Great!” I responded. I assumed we would check out some new blue runs. After hopping on a very fast lift, we skied along a narrow road which led us to a steep run—more difficult than anything I have ever attempted. My husband said, “We are going to ski down right here.”  

“Okaaaaay,” I responded, noticing the difficulty of the run. It was steep. It was narrow. And there were a million snowboarders bombing down the hill. But I went for it.

I gingerly started. Right. Dig in. Left.  Dig in. Right. Dig in. My husband stood on the side of the run, cheering me on. “You can do it!” “Great job!” “Look at you!”

After I successfully made it down, I asked him, “Was that a black run?”

“Yep,” he smiled.

“Did you know you were going to take me on it?”

“Yes,” he said. “Because I knew you could do it.”

This reminds me of how the Lord often works in our lives. He brings about—or allows—an experience that would frighten us if we knew what was coming. He doesn’t tell us what’s ahead, but he does remain faithfully by us, speaking words of hope into our situation. “I am with you. You can get through this.”

We often say that the Lord won’t bring anything into our lives that we can’t handle, but then when faced with the difficulty, we shrink back. We may feel we can’t go on. But what if we actually chose to believe that–in spite of how we feel– the Lord never allows anything into our lives that we can’t handle? As it was with Job, every trial we experience is filtered through His loving hands. His promise is that we will never be destroyed.

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze” (Isaiah 43:2).

Prayer

Lord, thank you that you will never allow anything into my life that I can’t handle with you. You have me in your loving hand, and you always have my best in mind. Help me to remember this with every trial that I face. How I praise you, Jesus! Help me to believe you. Amen.


Application

Have you been telling the Lord that you can’t get through? Lean on Him. Believe on His love and let His presence sustain you. Call out to Him. He is there, ready to give you hope.


Related Reading

1 Corinthians 10:13; Ephesians 6:13; James 1:1-4


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