Do You Really Think I Can Handle This?

“He established the force of the wind.” Job 28:25 “…God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in His holiness.” Hebrews 12:10
 
“Wind means stress and strain. ‘The elastic limit’ of each kind of tree is known to the engineer, and he deals accordingly with his timber. So does the creator of the trees, the commander of the winds, know the ‘elastic limit’ of His trees. And He knows the weight of the winds.” So wrote Amy Carmichael, one who was well acquainted with stress and strain.

God is very gracious with His children in that He brings us along slowly. He measures each trial against our measure of faith, careful not to uproot the tree. Pushing us, but never pushing us beyond our ability to believe; never giving us more than we can bear, but often giving us more than we think we can bear. He proves himself strong in our trouble.

“Since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves with the same attitude…” 1 Peter 4:1
The key to victory in the midst of stress, strain, suffering of mind, body and soul is the same attitude and perspective Christ had: To know without a doubt that my Father knows, and he who knows the weight of the winds is in charge.

Is the one reading this in anguish of soul? May I encourage you to meditate on Romans 8:28-39 and see the unseen hand of God at work in you. I hope you can see as only He can help you see, that it is all loving-kindness, nothing but loving-kindness. It is inspiring to be trusted with a hard thing.
 
Pastor Doug