More Trouble Than I Can Bear

More Trouble Than I Can Bear

In the book of Lamentations, Jeremiah attributes his torments to God. “He drew His bow and made me the target for His arrows.” (Lamentations 3:12) He charges God with the image of a deity bent on destruction.

There are incidents when I’m convinced the entire universe is against me. The atmosphere is palpable with the existence of evil attacking me that threatens my faith in God. On these occasions, the temptation to question God’s role as something less than supportive comes to mind. So, I left what I was doing and revisited the reading of Jeremiah’s plight. At that point, God clarified a few points with me.

If you are my witness, my voice on earth, and my hands and feet to propagate the truth, why would I work against you? I’d be working against Myself. 

I sheepishly confessed my shortsightedness and marveled at how quickly I took in the devil’s lie. It is a continuous exercise to remember that God is always for me and never against me.

When life hands us more than what is surmountable in our eyes run toward Jesus our only help, not away from Him. It’s easy to supplement Jesus by medicating ourselves with false solutions. These counterfeit relievers only complicate things and add to the burden. The peace giver is the one answer that makes change possible. We must Wait for Him to do His work.

Psalm 46:1-3 NIV
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. …

Proverbs 18:10 NIV
The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run into it and are safe.

Nehemiah 8:10 NIV
Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.

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Nancy Rittenbach
Nancy Rittenbach
4 years ago

I am struggling to find God’s goodness right now. My 38-year marriage is crumbling, my “forever” friends have quietly faded away, my only sibling and brother dislikes me, as well as his wife, my son says both his dad and I have turned into our parents, our dog died in July, and I have cut myself off from church attendance, so I basically am alone in a big house with a uncommunicative husband, who is emotionally abusive. I am dying inside of a broken heart! There is so much more to this painful story. I desperately need help and God’s… Read more »

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