“God won’t give you more than you can handle”
Sounds nice. An easy placate. But it is simply not true.
It is an adaptation from a bible verse that says,
“The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand.” 1 Corinthians 10:13.
If you notice, the verse is talking about temptation, not situation. The verse is mentioning sin not strength. God will not allow sinful temptation to engulf you without providing a way to refuse that sin — a way out.
But what about strength? What about situations of pain, suffering and even death? What about the crushing blow of losing a child or the deep pressure of deadly depression. What about those? What about the situations that hit you and you feel like you can’t live another day, walk another step, take another breath. You cry out in your agony and you feel swallowed up by the circumstance?
And in the darkness of another sleepless night, you scream, “God, you said you won’t give me more than I can handle!”
No. He never said that. Temptation, he thwarts, weakness, he allows. In reality, everyday is a day that you can’t handle. Every situation threatens loss and every moment could be your last. He sanctions painful results greater than your strength so that your only hope is him. There have been, are and will be situations in your life that only God can handle. In fact, that is the way the phrase should read:
God won’t give you more than HE can handle [tweet that].
He is more powerful than your pain. He is more ominous than your darkness. He is the one that bolsters you up if only to make it through another moment.
So find your joy in trusting God. The grief may linger, but His strength will carry you through.
(Thank you to Terry Geurkink for sharing this thought with our staff).