When Life Gives You More Than You Can Stand

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Sometimes life is excruciating.

People always say that “God won’t give you more than you can stand,” but that’s not biblical and I don’t think that is actually true.

Recently I celebrated the life of a gentleman who endured greater suffering and hardship than I can’t fully imagine. Just one example: he felt everything and everyone he loved slip from his grasp after the death of his beloved wife just weeks after the birth of their first and only child.

He entered a time of darkness and shadows that left him doubting. He doubted God, the worth of life, even the reason for living. Those who loved him feared that he might harm himself. Out of the grief and anguish of life he poured himself into the consuming purpose of building a business. That pursuit created an opening for God to act over time. Through family and friends this man was led from the dark world of despair into the light of hope and faith.

He came to peace with God, and to a new and deeper appreciation of the Word of God.

Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 4:7 that God has placed a sacred treasure in “clay pots, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.”

What this gentleman learned through the life of his church and the ministry of loving friends was that when life gives you more than you can stand, it is time to kneel.

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