God never requires anything of us that we cannot do or that He has not not equipped us for first. The Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, suffered so much because He loves us and wants to have us with Him in Heaven for eternity, so that we can say as Paul said:
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
“For this reason we never become discouraged. Even though our physical being is gradually decaying, yet our spiritual being is renewed day after day. And this small and temporary trouble we suffer will bring us a tremendous and eternal glory, much greater than the trouble. For we fix our attention, not on things that are seen, but on things that are unseen. What can be seen lasts only for a time, but what cannot be seen lasts forever. ”
If Paul is calling the tribulations that he faced, “small and temporary trouble,” we truly have no excuses to bend under the trials of every day life. And we know that no matter how tough the troubles are that we face, none could be worse than what our holy and innocent Lord suffered in our place! And He did it all from love for each of us:
“For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
What could be more wonderful than knowing that :
- Jesus is the true shepherd, who knows us way better than we know ourselves and tells us that we can learn to know and grow in Him. We get to closer to God as we dig deeper into His Word, trying to learn more about Him and His will toward us, the less we will doubt His love, power and desire to bless us.
"I am the good shepherd. As the Father knows me and I know the Father, in the same way I know my sheep and they know me. And I am willing to die for them.” (John 10: 14,15)
- Jesus knows us and we can follow Him:
"My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me” (John 10:27)
- Christ gives us eternal life and no one can snatch us out of His hand, as long as we are willing to stay there!
"And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand."' (John 10:28)
- God the Father is sovereign, omnipotent, the greatest over all and we are in His hand. No one can snatch us from there!
"My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.'" (John 10:29)
- Jesus and the Father are one and they live in us, through the Holy Spirit. What else could we want?
"I and My Father are one" (John 10:30)
In conclusion, I think we can agree with Paul:
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." (Philippians 4:13)