If I had a penny for every time I’ve heard these words, “I just don’t know how much more I can take.” Of course, this is often an indication that someone is about to either blow up or experience a nervous breakdown. Someone reading this right now is feeling like they’re going to crumble if just one more thing happens. I hope you’ll keep reading.
Before I go any further, you need to know that you are not alone. We all have limits and we all face adversity. Jesus told us that “In this life we will have trouble.” As long as you breathe there will always be trouble. Every day you wake up you will face challenges from sun up to sun down. It is a great misconception to think that the chaos around you will completely come to an end. Many things transpire that we have no control over, but we must learn to cope.
One, you must understand that God uses adversity to shape us, grow us, and bring glory to himself. None of us enjoy storms, but each one is an opportunity to grow. To grow in our perspective of what really matters most. To grow in our realization that we aren’t in control and never will be. And, to grow in our faith that God will always be there for us. Even if all else fails God will not let you go and He will even use the chaos around you. That is if you let Him!
Secondly, you need to understand that your response to life’s adversity does matter. Go ahead and scream, cry, and pour your heart out to God. The first place to turn is your Heavenly Father who loves you more than anyone, who is big enough to handle all your emotions and powerful enough to calm every storm. The first storm God wants to calm is the one raging within you. You must choose to trust God totally with all that is weighing so heavily on your heart and mind. You can choose to fall apart or you can choose to fall on your knees. God promises to lift up and restore those who humble themselves before him. I can speak from firsthand experience that God will give you the strength you need and the peace that nowhere else can be found.
Thirdly, you need to understand that God doesn’t make mistakes. Yes, everything happens for a reason and in his hands everything becomes an appointment, not an accident. Sure, we will continue to make mistakes. But, God’s grace is sufficient and His mercies are new every day. Don’t over analyze everything that has happened in your past, that is happening in the present, and that could happen in your future. Trust God to be God, lay all your burdens at his feet, and move forward by seeking His good, pleasing, and perfect will.
Listen to me, when it comes to finding peace there is only one way it can be found. It’s not found by more money in the bank, a new house, a new job, or a better family. The only way to find peace in this life is to enter into a relationship with Jesus Christ, God’s son who gave his life for you. He will not disappoint, He will not forsake, and He will supply all your needs. Giving you just what you need when you feel you can’t take anymore.
Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)