Monday, May 25, 2009

No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he'll never let you be pushed past your limit; he'll always be there to help you come through it. 1 Cor 10:13 (MSG)

Of lately, I’ve become more acquainted with the word "issues". It's the word we normally use when we're passing through an experience that is seemingly rather complex. But I have realized however that as long as we live, there will always be issues, things will always happen, things rather beyond our control and it's effect may be even more grievous, leaving us in more pain and confusion. Sometimes these issues may be as a result of our mistakes and the confusion we find ourselves in leave us in an overwhelming state of guilt..... Sometimes we find ourselves in situations that we feel is far beyond us, at other times, we find ourselves in a position where we have to make a decision and the options are already tabled before us and really such points we ask did I get to this point? To choose becomes impossible and to pray...just can’t utter the words.

So what God's response to all this? YOU CAN HANDLE IT! I'm quickly reminded of one of the greatest leaders of all times. He had just led a revolution and delivered his nation from slavery. He was everyone's hero and the entire populace looked unto him. Some seemed to think that they owed him their life. Sometimes just in the few days of his leadership, an "issue" arose and it occurred to Him that he could not lead the nation to their destination because there was just no way to go about it. On EVERY angle, there was just no way! On realizing this, there entire nation was thrown into a state of panic, the impossibility was just so overwhelming that the people lost every sense of confidence they had in their revolutionary leader (Ex 14: 8-21).

Something interesting occurred here though; Exodus 14: 15-16 records God's response.

"The Lord said to Moses, Why do you cry to Me? Tell the people of Israel to go forward! Lift up your rod and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, and the Israelites shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea." (AMP)

Amidst all the panic and uproar and confusion, God commands Moses to part the red sea. God made Moses realize that he had all he needed to handle the matter, he just needed to boldly take action and then God will follow through.

The good news for you is that God has already commanded you to part the red sea! You can handle it because that's how God designed it. If truly you are His child, then trust that he'll never give you more than you can bear, you're experiencing that issue solely because you can handle it. Like Joseph, Job and even Jesus, in each step of their life, overcoming an issue took them to the next level of their life, for Moses, overcoming the red sea took him to lands beyond the red sea and total deliverance from the hand of the Egyptians, never again was he going to doubt the God who he has now so trusted in. I believe so for you also, whatever issue you're facing you is designed to propel you to the next level of your ministry, work...and also to create in you an unflinching trust in God.

You're more than a conqueror, an overcomer in every ramification...So each time you're passing through any "issue", always have this at the back of your mind: "YOU CAN HANDLE IT"