I have a confession to make. There is a statement that almost all Christians make which I absolutely cannot stand! It drives me bonkers, and I have to bite my tongue every time I hear someone say it. The statement? “God will never give you more than you can handle.”
Have you ever heard anyone say that? I would love to know who came up with this saying because it isn’t true. I know what you’re thinking.“It’s a Bible verse. Of course it’s true!” While I do agree that everything in the Bible is true, I don’t agree that this statement is in the Bible. I’ve actually searched Scripture for years to find this so-called verse, but it doesn’t exist. It stems from a verse found in 1 Corinthians 10:13 which says, “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.”
People often blame God for the bad things that happen in their lives. We say He let us down, but truthfully, God is the only One who will never let us down. Our bodies may fail, people may walk away from their relationship with us, the stock market may plummet, and our boss may decide he no longer wants us to work for his company, but God will never let us down. He is a perfect God who loves each of us more than we can ever comprehend. Instead of blaming God for the difficult things in our lives, we need to turn to Him. He’s the only guarantee we’ll ever have in this life.
The secret to “handling” problems comes from turning to God and relying on His strength. He is walking with us through every trial and heartache, but we have to accept the grace and strength He offers us. It is only when we lean on God and gain strength and power through our relationship with Him that we’ll be able to handle the storms of this life.
“Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.” ~ Deuteronomy 31:6
© June 5, 2013