The Glory of Weightiness

When life is too much to bear, our need for a savior becomes clear

Have you heard the cliché Christian saying that goes, “God won’t give you more than you can handle”? It’s not that there isn’t some truth to this aphorism. 1 Corinthians 10:13 says that “God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.” But it is misguided insofar as it places the emphasis on what we can manage— through our own strength and sufficiency—rather than what God will provide when we inevitably fall short.

I remember the late nights on my cold kitchen floor—my body frail from months without an appetite, rivers of tears, burning cheeks, and the feeling of being alone late into the night, every night. Even at a time of life filled with unexpected breakages, Jesus met me repeatedly on that floor as I cried out for him to reconcile, redeem, and renew. He listened to every spoken and stuttered prayer, my weakness on full display. Each minute felt like a marathon. But with every breath in and out, Jesus invited me into his sufficient grace strengthening my weakness with his perfect power. As the Lord said to the apostle Paul, I felt in my life too: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Cor. 12:9).

Reaching the end of myself was exactly what created space within me for God to enter, and he washed me with his mercy and clothed me with his strength. My utter weakness became the dwelling place for his glory to reside. Yes, just as Paul declared, “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me” (v. 9).

As a fallible human who has experienced suffering that many peers might not share, I know deep in my breath and …

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