Posted: Saturday, December 9
Verse of the day:
In that day the mountains will drip with sweet wine, and the hills will flow with milk. Water will fill the streambeds of Judah, and a fountain will burst forth from the Lord’s Temple, watering the arid valley of acacias. (Joel 3:18 NLT)
Have you ever said to a family member or friend “God does not give you more than you can handle! Just be strong for a little while and everything will improve”?
I’ve said that in the past. It’s just a good statement. It sounds both biblical and practical. Sadly, it is neither biblical nor practical.
There are things in life that we will never be able to handle. Who can handle the loss of a spouse or a young child? Who can handle the betrayal of a business partner, a close friend, or a spouse? Who can handle the devastation caused by a natural disaster or a long-term illness?
This is exactly what we see in the book of Joel. This book was written in the aftermath of three nationwide tragedies – a large locust plague that destroyed Israel’s crops, a severe drought, and a military invasion that threatened Israel’s very existence. These events were way more than what Israel could handle.
In today’s text, Joel 3:18, we find both a reminder and a promise to Israel. A reminder that God was able to handle their current circumstances and a promise that Jerusalem was going to be set free from all her enemies. A promise that God was going to richly bless His people and take care of all their needs.
So if you are feeling like God gave you more than you can handle, it is because most likely He did. God will frequently give you more than you can handle.
However, He will NEVER give you more than HE can handle. This is a biblical truth you can take to the bank. There is nothing that God can’t handle.