Jesus said to them, “Children, do you have any fish?” They answered him, “No.” He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish. [John 21vs5-6]
“Man, no matter what I do, I just can’t…”
Most of us have at least one place in our lives where we have said that. We try to step deeper in our faith, grow in our closest relationships, be more responsible with the money we’ve been given or maintain healthy habits and it often seems beyond our ability to work it out ourselves. When we really think about it, it’s easy to understand what Jesus meant when he said,
“In this world, you will have trouble.”
I’ve heard it said that “God doesn’t ever give you more than you can handle.” And to be honest, I just don’t see that to be true at all. Just about every aspect of life is more than we can handle.
One way to try to get a handle on it is by trying to limit exactly how much living we do. We don’t stretch ourselves much. We try to control life and not rock the boat. That’s why some of the most common responses in our culture to the question, “How are you?” is…
But Jesus calls us to live out of the total abundance of His Kingdom that is come here on earth! He offers so much more possibility than “Okay.” He came so that you could have life abundantly.
So wherever you’re feeling stuck right now, stop and pray. God DOES give us more than we -on our own – can handle, because He doesn’t want us to handle it alone, without Him. So ask for wisdom and inspiration. Call for the power of heaven to come and help you. Pray in Jesus’ name until you’re exhausted.