So let me just start off by admitting, I have problems. I know, I am too young and everything, but I have been having back problems since October. These back problems only bother me when I lay down to sleep. So naturally, I don’t sleep well. I can’t remember the last time I got a full night’s sleep and woke up feeling rested. It doesn’t happen. Most of the time, I wake up early like 3:30 or 5:30 for no other reason that my back hurts and I need to find a new sleeping position. It is then a struggle between wanting more sleep and overcoming the pain. By the time I get out of bed, I am in pain and grumpy. So, I will say it again, I’ve got problems.
But, the thing is, I am not stressed about the fact that I have back problems. I have grown accustom to not sleeping well. Some would maybe say I am at peace with it, but I know what it is. It is fear. I am afraid of the unknown. I am afraid of what the doctor would actually tell me. I am scared of finding out exactly what is wrong. Honestly, the worst part of it all is knowing that I can diagnose myself on WebMD. But, I just know that I will find out I have cancer, if I sit and research on the Internet. WebMD is not the solution!
The problem with this fear is that it is preventing me from actually finding out the real root of the problem. Fear is crippling in that way. Often in life, we let our fears dictate what we will and won’t do. We allow fear to take the reins, as we sit back and hope for the best.
That is the problem. Fear has a way of overshadowing our Faith sometimes. We should know that God is above our problems, but when fear is in the picture it masks us. There is a quote that is loosely based on scripture that says, “God will never give you more than you can handle.” Now this is a sweet notion and encouragement, but this is far off base from what the scripture reveals to us. Now this phrase is based on 1 Corinthians 10:13, “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” This scripture is perfectly accurate, but that phrase misses the point. Being tempted and tried are two different things.
Temptations are something that we can overcome. We are fully equipped mentally and spiritually to overcome temptation. We can avoid certain people, places, websites, and things. But trials are there to test our strength and resolve. Trials are used to build us up and test our Faith at times. However, we cannot avoid trials. They are not a choice.
And that is why I would like to impart to you: God will certainly give you more than you can handle. This is a fact that is proven over and over again in the Bible. God doesn’t just hand a situation to someone and allow him or her to handle it without His power being needed. I think about Gideon in Judges 6-7, who was reassured by God that he would lead the army to defeat the Midianites with God’s help. Gideon asked for God to give him proof, and God delivered with morning dew and a piece of wool… TWICE!
As Gideon prepared for battle, he had 32,000 soldiers. This is a pretty decent number, but they were far outnumbered by the 100,000 soldier army of the Midianites. But God decided 32,000 were too many, so He got them to narrow down to 10,000. As if they weren’t outnumbered enough, God lowered the numbers yet again to 300 soldiers.
I am not a History Buff or a great mathematician, but I know that going into battle with 333 to 1 odds is not good. It is abysmal odds. They should have gotten annihilated. And had it just depended on Gideon and his soldiers, they would have been destroyed. But as God began to work, those 300 soldiers were enough. Actually, it would seem that 300 were more than enough. Not one life was spared out of that 300. God gave Gideon more than he could handle, because God was going to show them who was truly in charge.
If Gideon had led an army of 32,000 or 10,000 soldiers, people would have been amazed at how great the army was or how great a leader Gideon was. But an army of 300 showed, without a doubt, that God won that battle. Gideon was scared and worried, but he did not allow his worries to overshadow his faith in God.
This was just one example of God giving a man more than he could handle alone, but it is powerful. If God was willing to do that then, why would he leave you now? He sent His son to die for YOU, and that should be reassurance enough! 1 Peter 5:7 says it this way, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” As I continue with my back issues, I am reminded that I need to let go of my fear and anxiety, and let God work it out.
Here is what I have to remind myself of often: Trust God to fulfill His Promises. Trust His word and be reassured!