Proverbs 15 12-15-18

Whoever said, “God won’t put on you more than you can bear,” didn’t know what he was talking about.

Proverbs 15:13 A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.

The quote is probably a misconstruction of 1 Corinthians 10:13,

1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

Temptation is different than circumstances. Since God allows everyone to choose right or wrong, we live with the consequences of our choices and other people’s bad choices. Our circumstances can, indeed, be dire, but God has given us a wonderful gift: we can take refuge in Him anytime, anywhere. We can experience His peace, His love, and His protection from the temptation to give up, give in, and sometimes even to fight back.

Psalms 18:2 The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

Psalms 46:1-3 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging, we will not fear!

Our happiness comes from a joyful heart. We get a joyful heart by rejoicing in our God, His salvation, His comfort, His presence, and His protection.

Psalms 5:11 But let all who take refuge in you be glad [happy]; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.

Let’s let our faces know how happy we are in the Lord. People need some joy and hope out there!

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