Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7 (ESV)
God will give us peace and He will guard our hearts and minds as we live in Christ Jesus (Emphasis mine.)
There have been many times in my life that I’ve experienced more than I can handle.
Does God give us more than we can handle? Yes, He does! God will give us more than we can handle: always for the purpose to bring us to a place in our lives to depend upon Him, to grow deeper in our faith in Christ Jesus. During a crisis in my family, I had so many “what ifs” or “this could happen” or “that could happen” moments that my emotions were running wild with crazy thoughts, and they were downright worrisome. You may know these kinds of thoughts that can tantalize your mind and weaken your heart. Well, because I had more than I could handle, I closed my eyes and begged God. No, I yelled, “I need your help NOW; I can’t do this!” God retrieved from my memory just one promise at a time “He is my Refuge” and then “He is my Shepherd”, “He will never leave me”, “He is keeping watch”…….
Do you ever feel abandoned by God? Our emotions change, but God’s promises never change – He will never leave us or abandon us (Deut. 31:8 emphasis mine). Emotions are not reliable, but God is always Reliable, Dependable, Trustworthy….. – He is God: the Creator of the universe, so with that said, “He can always be depended on and trusted with whatever comes into our lives.” Our lives can change at any given moment, so keep His promises hidden in your heart.
God’s promises will replace our worries with His peace.
- God will make known to us the path of life; He will fill us with joy in His presence (Psalm 16:11)
- He is my Shepherd (Psalm 23:1)
- He will guide us in His truth and teach us (Psalm 25:4,5)
- He is my refuge; my fortress, my God in whom I trust (Psalm 91:1,2)
- Though I walk in the midst of trouble, He preserves our life (Psalm 138:7)
- His love endures forever (Psalm 138:8)
When life becomes overwhelming and it’s more than you can handle, pray and ask God to show you His Promises in His Word! The Psalms have always been my go-to, especially when life gets overbearing.
Pat Spies is a Servant of the Lord and a friend of America’s Keswick.