3 Things to Remember When You Feel Like You Can't Do It Anymore

Updated: Sep 17, 2020

“I don’t think I can do this anymore.”

I’ve heard this many times before.

I’ve felt this many times before.

The frustration, the despair, that huge sigh. It’s that helpless moment when you feel as though you’ve reached the end of your rope and can’t find the strength to go on. It may be because you don't know how how, or it could be that you simply don't wan't to.

We face this struggle sometimes when we are trying hard to “do all the right things” and it just doesn’t seem to turn out; we didn’t expect it to be this hard, or we aren’t happy with how it’s unfolding.

It was the time walking through our African village to practice a new language, and it totally, completely bombed.

It was the moments in hospital with our daughter when yet another thing went ‘wrong’.

It’s at the end of a long run when I’m tired and I really want to quit.

So, what has been the “it” for you these days?

We’ve been thrown into home-learning with our kids and managing our homes with the challenges of social distancing. Some of us are feeling too isolated, longing to connect with people face-to-face, trying to sort through all the changes to the world around us.

We may be struggling with a chronic illness, or a with a family member who is sick. We could be facing frustration with sin issues in our life that just don’t disappear.

We feel discouraged. We feel weak.

A Lesson From A King

King Asa was the King of Judah, three generations after Solomon. He was a good king who “did what was good and right in the sight of the Lord his God” (2 Chr 15:2); tearing down idols, encouraging the people to worship Yahweh and to obey His commands.

As the land experienced a time of peace, King Asa gave glory to God, reminding the people it was their obedience to Him that allowed them this time of rest. It was a time of reviving true worship and true teaching among the people.

You would think this was enough. He had been diligent and obedient to lead the people back to the Lord. The time of peace was interrupted by Ethiopian invaders, and God dispatches a prophet to both warn and encourage the king to remain true to Yahweh, so that he would continue to experience God’s blessing. Hear a snippet of the prophet’s words:

“But as for you, be strong; don’t be discouraged for your work has a reward” (2Chr 15:7, HCSB)

Even though King Asa had seemed to have done so many things “right”, God wasn’t asking him to stop or to give up. There were more idols to take down, a community to gather in worship and a covenant to renew. In order to do that, he had to first be strong and fight discouragement.

As you notice your own feelings, of just wanting to give up, here are 3 things to remember:

1. Your Strength Comes From God

Now, this may sound like a “pull up your bootstraps” message, but it’s not.

Scripture reminds us that we have no strength other than what we are given in Christ, for in our weakness, he is strong (2 Cor 12:9-10).

“God is our refuge and our strength” (Psalm 46:1)

“The name of the Lord is a strong tower” (Psalm 18:10)

“Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually” (1Chr 16:11)

We are weak and helpless people, who rely totally on the grace of God. Our strength comes from Him alone, not from ourselves. We continue to pursue Him, through reading His Word, and resting in His wondrous Gospel that has rescued us from a place of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of light.

It’s okay to feel weak and lost. I think it helps us remember how much we need to depend on Him. As the days and months go by, we rely more and more on ourselves and our own abilities; we soon find ourselves at the end of our rope, we finally come to the humble realization that sometimes, life feels more than we can handle.

But it’s never too much for Him to handle.