“God will never give you more than you can handle.”
Have you had someone say that to you, too? I have had people dear to me say this during times I needed to hear it. And I have wanted to take comfort in that statement on numerous occasions.
TRUTH? I don’t believe it. We’re not made to be self-sufficient. I’ve searched the Bible trying to find where it says He won’t give us more than we can bear. When I delivered my second son stillborn, I read the entire Bible through hoping to find those words in some way, shape, or form. I didn’t. Have you? Am I missing it?
The closest thing I could find was in I Corinthians 10:13 which reads:
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. 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 endure it.” (NIV)
Oh thank You, God, for having the confidence in me to be able to handle my greatest temptations. I am humbled by this and know to turn to You when I need a way out.
When looking at the context surrounding this verse, it’s easy to see Paul is not talking about more than we can handle in terms of pain, suffering, or tragedy. He’s merely talking temptations.
But I’m not talking about temptations. I’m talking about pain, suffering, tragedy and the events that cause them. Immense pain comes in many forms, all of which are intolerable to most. To me. And the truth of the matter is, I’ve been through more than I could handle. I’ve been beyond my breaking point. And it’s only by the grace of God and what He can handle that I’m here sharing with you today.
You see, my God is a good God. Life? Not always. But He gives us hope! If you keep reading beyond this verse, you’ll soon stumble upon II Corinthians 1:8-9 (where Paul talks about going through a situation he couldn’t handle):
“8 We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. 9 Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.” (NIV-emphasis mine)
And that, my friends, is how you get through more than you can handle.
When life gives you more than you can stand, KNEEL.
I might not be able to handle this tragedy, but my God can. He’s in the miracle business. And He’s here for me no matter what. He’ll carry me through and never let go. That’s my God. Oh, I pray He’s yours, too. For if it’s ever necessary, I want to be able to say to you,
“This is more than you can be expected to handle, friend. Can I pray with you? I fully believe He will see you through.
He’s all we’ve got. And that’s more than enough…”
How about you? I’d love to hear how He’s carried you through more than you can handle. To God be the glory.
Thanks for sharing your time with me.
UPDATED: To continue reading my thoughts about if God gives us more than we can handle, click HERE.
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