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When Life Hands You Lemons
June 20, 2019, 6:22 AM

Perhaps we have all heard the saying: "When life hands you lemons, make lemonade." We try to take comfort from this concept in understanding that we need to make the best of a bad situation. Unfortunately, that is not always enough for some of the lemons that we are handed. People who are experiencing deep pain and grief cannot just blow it off and say, "oh well, guess I'll make the best of it." There really are some things that we will suffer that cannot be made good, no matter which way we turn it.

It is a Christian lie, when we tell ourselves that God will not give us more than we can handle. The truth of Scripture lets us know that God will allow the sinful realities of this world, and the attacks of His adversary Satan, and these two things do not ever care about how much we can handle. In the book of Job, we find a man who loved and honored God and endured some of the worst testing and suffering a man can suffer. What is worse, is the reality that Job did not yet have the comfort of a Savior in Jesus Christ. Job held on as tightly as he could to his faith, but even he was twisted by his grief and his suffering. His healing came through divine intervention.

God tells us that we should be glad of the testing of our faith, because it produces endurance (James 1:2). Before that, Jesus told us that in this world we would have trouble (John 16:33). We were made to understand that suffering and hurting were a part of life, because of sin, and that we would face it. Jesus, however, did offer us some comfort in His power to overcome this world.

That's where the rub is. It is not about what we can or cannot handle, but it is about the truth that HE can handle anything. We may not be up to the challenge, but God's grace is sufficient! We may not be able to stop hurting, but God's healing overcomes! And, even though we may lose heart and want to give up, God's love never waivers! The truth of Scripture is so beautiful that we know that we can trust Him no matter what it looks like. We can hold on to Christ, our Solid Rock, through the fiercest of storms and He will get us to the other side.

A final caution, however. Nowhere in the Bible does it teach us that we will receive our expectations. The Bible does, however, teach us that all things can be worked out for our good. Also, it teaches us that our expectations, hopes, and dreams will change to align with those of who Christ is. Most of all, it teaches us that there is nothing in this world that can compare with what is beyond life. Therefore, if our suffering should be to the end, it will end with the beginning of the joy we will experience on the other side. A joy, as the Bible tells us, which will be complete and never suffer again!

So, keep going!

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