Faithful in Every Season

 

Has anyone told you that God won’t give you more than you can handle?

I’ve heard that comment plenty. And there was a time when I believed it. Then I buried two husbands and my mama in four years.

God definitely allowed more than I could handle!

I’m sure you can relate…maybe even right now, with Christmas just a week away.

Haven’t you had seasons when the kids were little and you got no sleep and thought you were losing your mind?

  • Or when someone you loved was addicted or abusive, and you feared for your sanity or safety?
  • Or when you experienced a time of lack, sickness, or upheaval that you thought would crush you?

Of course you have.

And that’s when God does his best work.

 

Run to Him

It is in the times of upheaval that we run to him for the healing, rescue, answers, resolution, or miracle we desperately need . . . but which is way so very far beyond our own control or ability to resolve.

If we could manage everything in our lives, why in the world would we need God?

In 1 Corinthians 10:13 (nrsv), the apostle Paul tells us, “No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it.”

“God is faithful and will not let you be tested beyond your strength” sounds a lot like God won’t give you more than you can handle.

But we have to understand the context of the passage.

Paul is not addressing tragic circumstances like death, disease, and imminent peril. He’s telling his readers that it’s possible to rule over the temptation of our former sinful and destructive practices.

 

Not on your own…or alone

We must not be deceived by those who would ask us to endure our hardships on our own—or all alone.

Before I had my come-to-Jesus moment, I tried to manage life on my own and failed miserably.

I let my circumstances dictate my emotional state. If “things” weren’t going well, I wasn’t well. I had meltdowns and threw temper tantrums rivaling Rumpelstiltskin.

That’s no way to manage anything!

Or I’d disengage and sink into a puddle of discouragement, believing that all was lost so I might as well eat, drink, and be merry on my way to die.

 

Call on God

We just can’t fall for the lie that God won’t give us more than we can handle.

While no one would desire the loss, sickness, or hardships that drive us to beg God for help, those are the seasons we can experience the greatest intimacy with God.

It’s in the times of desperately crying out to him that we tend to be most in-tune with his voice and open to his leading.

When you are out of your mind, or over your head, or under attack, don’t try to manage it on your own.

Call on God, who is for you and will be with you through it all. He will give you the strength you need to press on. He will provide the support you need to persevere. He will lead you to the solutions you need to survive.

When life reels out of control, don’t try to brave it alone.

Run to God.

Starting today…

and continuing through Christmas Day…

and New Year’s Day…

and always.

 

How has God been faithful to you this holiday season?

 

Verse

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.” —Psalm 46:1–3

Prayer

Father God, be my strength and shield and my ever-present help in times of trouble. When life and circumstances are out of my control, be my guide through them or around them. Thank You for being with me always. In Jesus’ name, amen.

13 Comments

  1. Kelly Wade on December 17, 2023 at 8:37 am

    I so needed this. Stressing over finances and gifts. I know it will be ok and always works out but in freaking out mide a bit. Praying God provides.

    Merry Christmas, Robyn!!!

    • Robyn Dykstra on December 18, 2023 at 12:01 pm

      Merry Christmas, Kelly. Been there, felt that. Trusting with you that He has always been faithful and always will be. Thanks for sharing! Love, Robyn

  2. Ryioko Peterson on December 17, 2023 at 8:45 am

    Merry Christmas Robyn and thank you for the reminder of my NEED for Jesus and that intimate relationship. Nothing is like the peace He covers us with in all things.

    • Faye P Frederick on December 17, 2023 at 9:53 am

      Hi it’s Faye..I needed this so much today..it’s my 2nd year without my Mike n it’s so fresh n hurting like yesterday..I know he’s in Heaven but I just wish I could hold him give him a kiss feel his hand in mine n see his sweet smile..I’ve tried to be really strong n continue on but some days I want to crawl in a hole ..I know GOD is with me but I feel so alone ..I pray for His strength to see me thru.. please keep me in your prayers..have an awesome Merry Christmas

      • Robyn Dykstra on December 18, 2023 at 11:59 am

        Hi Faye, thanks so much for sharing. Grief is so hard, even when we *know* we are never alone. Praying now that the God of All Comfort will be very close to you this Christmas. Love, Robyn

    • Robyn Dykstra on December 18, 2023 at 12:00 pm

      You’re so right! Christmas blessings to you as you rest in His peace, Ryioko. Thanks for commenting. Love, Robyn

  3. G Lynne Wescoat on December 17, 2023 at 12:59 pm

    Instead of that saying I heard and say — God will help you handle all that you are given! God doesn’t give us all the things that happen in our lives but HE will see us through them all. I blamed God for my 2 grandsons dying in a fire in a camper. They were 9 and 11 years old. I did change my thinking after time passed and know He did not cause it. I will never understand why He didn’t intervein on their behalf but I know He now has them in His care and I will see them again one day. It makes me wonder what could have been down the road for them that God allowed this to happen when it did. Was some fate worse waiting… It broke our hearts to this day to lose them and I can’t accept they are gone forever. I deal by saying they are somewhere else and that I can deal with. Holidays are hard and their absence is felt every time we get together and they are missing. They were the only children of my baby daughter. We lost them Nov. 5, 2004. Today is Jays 31 birthday. What would he look like, what we he have been doing at this point in his life if he wasn’t taken from us… questions with no answers. During this Christmas season when gifts are being purchased for the family, they are missed. There are other things God gives me peace about. Finances, health and everyday struggles. My husband had surgery and it’s a 2 month recovery time at the least, I am his daily caregiver. Christmas is upon us … BUT GOD! He gives me hope for today and I can face each day Because Jesus was born in this season to cycle through His life – born, witness, teach, suffer, die and Best of All – HE LIVES! that we may have life everlasting in eternity with Him and His Father – OUR FATHER! This is a Blessed Day to Remember – JESUS is the reason for every season in our lives.. We Can – Because He Lives!! Merry Christmas Robyn and Mr Forever! and family! God Bless you all!!

    • Robyn Dykstra on December 18, 2023 at 11:58 am

      “BUT GOD” is right, because He lives! Thanks so much for sharing. Grief is so hard. Christmas blessings to you, and may His peace rest on your whole family. Love, Robyn

  4. Christine Sokolowski on December 17, 2023 at 6:51 pm

    Thank you for sharing your wisdom and insights that God provides to you. So many times it truly speaks to my heart. Merry Christmas!

    • Robyn Dykstra on December 18, 2023 at 11:55 am

      Merry Christmas to you, Christine! Thanks so much for the comment. Love, Robyn

  5. Amanda Butler on December 17, 2023 at 8:18 pm

    This is right on time. Praying for God to open the door wide for a new job opportunity. My current manger uses the Lord’s name in vein during our Zoom meetings and it is so hard to bite my tongue. It’s not the most pleasant work environment. I no longer have peace. Other than that, God is so so good. I feel His loving presence all around and His love never fails! Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family! May God continue to bless the socks off your ministry!

    • Robyn Dykstra on December 18, 2023 at 11:55 am

      Wow, thanks for your comment! Blessings on you, Amanda, and trusting with you that the Lord will provide every grace needed. Love, Robyn

  6. Carol Kerry on December 21, 2023 at 5:12 pm

    Merry Christmas Robyn. Thank you for your prayers. They are great.
    Carol Kerry

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