Life happens…and contrary to what many people believe, God will absolutely give us more than we can handle. But in the giving of the hard, He tells us, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9).
Yes, the hard is too much for us, but not for Him. I have to be reminded of this so very often.
In this technological age, we have reminders everywhere: alarms on our smart phones, reminder apps, note apps, etc., BUT it is up to ME to remember to set the alarm or to enter the pertinate information on the appropriate apps! And I am the first to admit, that doesn’t always happen!
I tease Harold about setting an alarm to breathe…due to the constant sounding of all the alarms he sets for various reminders! It makes me crazy!
Thankfully, it is not left up to me to rely upon my memory to recall the teachings of Jesus; rather, this is the work of the Holy Spirit, the “Helper”, sent to indwell the heart of every Christ follower.
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you” (John 14:26).
This does not mean I should not commit Scripture to memory, because the Holy Spirit uses God’s word to speak to us, to remind us of how we should handle circumstances or how we are to act in different situations.
In the throes of trying circumstances we are very often fearful, troubled, unsettled, and we lack a peace of heart and mind.
Jesus knows our hearts and He speaks to this in the next verse (27) of the fourteenth chapter of John, “Peace I leave with you, not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful”.
Jesus gives us His peace, not the transitory, fragile, circumstantial peace of the world.
When our circumstances go south, the peace of the world follows suit!
The peace of Christ calms our hearts, settles our minds, relieves our fears, and gives us hope; we know He will never leave us or forsake us.
Jesus never tells us our circumctances will change; and even as believers, our emotions initially may be all over the place.
We may indeed feel forsaken, troubled, and fearful, but this is not our reality.
It is the expressed work of the Holy Spirit to bring to our remembrance all that (Jesus) said to us, thereby confirming His truth to us.
And He is faithful to do it! All our technology has nothing on Him!