We’ve all experienced those moments in life when we have screamed out ‘why?’ Maybe it was an unforeseen loss, a slow journey into pain, or a moment when our security was suddenly shaken. These moments are something we all share as humans. And this question, ‘why?’ sends us on a search for hope, and for answers. We often face difficult questions as we try to understand this new reality. In an effort to help us cope we are told things like, “Everything happens for a reason,” or “God won’t give you more than you can handle.” These sayings begin to shape our perspective on God. But are we missing something? Have our views of God become so misguided that our ‘why?’ moments begin to push us away from Him? In this series, “Half Truths” we want to find a more complete view of God from the Bible which can provide us freedom from the anger and pain of our circumstances.
February 14: Everything Happens For A Reason
“Everything happens for a reason” is a half truth. God does bring good out of the tough stuff we face and He is with us through it, but He doesn’t cause everything that happens in our lives. He never wants to crush us. He wants to give new life to us…
February 21: God Won’t Give You More Than You Can Handle
1 Corinthians 10:11-14
Life can be difficult. Every day we encounter people and circumstances that we can’t control or change. Our own choices and habits hurt us and those around us. As we struggle, people may tell us, “God won’t give you more than you can handle.” But that rings hollow when you can no longer hang on. It certainly feels like more than we can handle.
February 28: You Should Be Ashamed of Yourself
Shame confines us and builds walls around our lives. Jesus came to set us free and release us from useless shame and pointless guilt. We are all prodigals that He is waiting to welcome home.
March 6: This Is A Cross You Must Bear
Jesus once said to His followers, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” What did He mean when He said that? Are the challenges we face in life “the cross” we are called to carry?
March 13: Time Heals All Wounds
Psalm 13 and 40:1-3
Nobody likes to wait. When you sit in the waiting room of life it is easy to get frustrated especially when someone says, “Hey, don’t worry. Time heals all wounds.” Really! It doesn’t feel that way. Does time really bring hope and healing?
March 20: God Helps Those Who Help Themselves
The phrase God helps those who help themselves reveals our struggle to accept grace. We tend to believe grace is earned when we do good things. When others don’t do good things they don’t get or deserve grace. It seems fair to claim grace as God’s reward to me because I’m so good and I do such good things. I want to be rewarded not restored. And I expect others to earn their own rewards. The truth is God helps all of us by offering grace. Grace is a freeway that we travel toward God’s Kingdom.