Have YOU ever said . . . Well I KNOW God won’t give me more than I can handle.
If you have, I’m pretty sure it’s because you think that line is in the Bible.
But guess what . . . It’s not!
Truth is, God WILL give you more than you can handle - and all because He wants you to stop the handling, and let Him take over.
The thought of God not giving us any more than we can manage actually comes from a verse about temptation.
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. (1Corinthians 10:13)
Reading this verse in context will help you understand that it’s referring to falling into sin like Israel did. It’s about temptation not overtaking us because God will always provide a way of escape.
So what about these times when we experience the crushing weight of stress and pressure – when we feel we can’t take ONE MORE THING or we’ll explode?
Well, check out Paul’s later writing.
We do not want you to be uninformed … about the troubles we experienced …We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God…He has delivered us…and He will deliver us again. On Him we have set our hope that He will continue to deliver us. (2 Corinthians 1:8-10)
Are you going through things far beyond your ability to endure?
If so, God is bringing you to the place of relying on Him, and not yourself.
All through the Bible you can read how God took His people through situations that were humanly impossible to overcome. And God’s power always showed up! And we can be assured of the same.
Years ago, reading from The Message paraphrase, I etched the words of Jesus from Matthew 5:3 into my heart. It has brought me much comfort and security during those times when I think I can’t handle ONE MORE THING.
You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and His rule.
Take heart my friend. When life’s too much, God is more than enough!