Sometimes you’re at a loss about what to pray, but you know you need too. You don’t know exactly what kind of help you need from God, but you know you need it. The stuff going on around you may be overwhelming and in some ways you’re just throwing your hands up and saying, “OK God, I got nothin! Help!” So maybe you look to His Word (as you should) and maybe the ever popular Romans 8:28 is given to you. Maybe by a friend or you remember hearing it somewhere. Its a great verse! Don’t get me wrong. But its also a VERY misquoted and misused verse. Check this out:
Romans 8:28 NIV
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
And the motto of this verse is usually something like this: “God will never give you more than you can handle because you are His!”
That sounds encouraging! But it’s not necessarily true. Now…Let’s look at scripture properly and in context. One of the biggest steps in putting a verse in context involves looking at the verses around any given verse. Most people don’t do that.
Look at the 2 verses before it verse 28.
Romans 8:26-27 NIV
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.
Here’s the deal. God always gives us MORE than we can handle, so He can show you just how much you need Him. And just when you think you are over your head, you need to realize something. You are! Let Him help you handle it. If we could handle everything, then we wouldn’t need God now would we. But we can’t handle everything. We can’t control everything. There is only so much we can do about any given issue or situation. Those are the moments that we lean on Him the most. Those are the moments that He shows who is really in control and those are the moments that you realize (again and again) just how weak you are…and thats ok, because you are exactly where He wants you. He wants you on the chair, holding onto Him for dear life. Then it all makes sense and everything becomes clear.