Guess what? God gives us more than we can handle. I know that you may have been taught otherwise, but “God won’t give you more than you can handle” is a lie. It’s not in the Bible. God never said it.
1 Corinthians 10:13 (ESV) says this: “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”
Notice the Apostle Paul calls out temptation explicitly. He’s not talking about life circumstances. He’s not even talking about you being able to endure temptation all on your own. God says that He won’t tempt you beyond your ability and with the temptation He’ll provide the escape. It has nothing to with our ability or strength and everything to do with God’s power.
Regardless, the truth remains that God will in fact allow you to experience more than you can handle. This is not a fun truth to come to terms with but it is truth nonetheless. Look through your Bible…
In the book of Judges, Gideon comes to terms with the fact that he is the weakest in his clan and the least of his family. He tells God he doesn’t think he has what it takes to do what God wants him to do.
Moses was overwhelmed thinking about his difficulty speaking and not being a great leader. God chose him to lead the Israelites out of slavery and they wore him out! He didn’t think He had what it took.
Esther talks about being very, very afraid. Fear paralyzes and becomes overwhelming very quickly.
In Psalm 38 David writes, “For my iniquities have gone over my head; like a heavy burden, they are too heavy for me…I am feeble and crushed; I groan because of the [anguish] of my heart.”
In Mark 14 Jesus was in the garden before He was arrested and says, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death.”
God allows us to experience more than we can handle for a few reasons.
The first is to teach us to depend on Him because how many times when life is going well do you think to call out to Him? How many times in your success do you crave God? So many people do not crave God when life is moving along. However, once success is replaced with distress a switch is flipped and all of a sudden we’re seeking Him out in the smallest of things.
The second reason we might experience more than we can handle? It’s so you can experience God’s power. So many of us like to do life on our own. Really, it’s become the American way if you think about it. We want to be self-sufficient. Other people become stepping stones to climb corporate and political ladders. Many of us struggle with pride.
It’s when we can’t control the circumstances that we begin to realize we need God and when we are amazed when He goes to work. In those moments, things feel incredible and they seem right. Do you know why? You were created to need God – to be desperate for God.
Talking about His thorn in His flesh, the Apostle Paul hears from God about why He never removed the thorn from Paul’s flesh. God says this (2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV): “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” So Paul runs with it declaring that he’ll delight in weaknesses and in insults and hardships and persecutions. Why? “When I am weak, then I am strong.”
God’s going to let you go through things that are more than you can handle because in those impossible-to-handle situations, you’re going to grow so much closer to Him and you’re going to see Him work in miraculous ways.
I don’t know where God’s taking you today, but I know that some of you reading this right now are rowing a boat trying to get to where you know God wants you to be. A storm is raging and it has taken you so far off course that you’re incredibly frustrated and questioning whether or not God appreciates your efforts.
Please know He does see your effort. But instead of you rowing a boat trying to get to where He wants you, God would much rather you put up a sail because you trust Him to get you there. God’s biggest desire is for you to rest in Him…in His teachings, in His promises, in His truth, and in His righteousness. No, don’t lay in bed all day thinking you’re serving the Lord, but stop making yourself so busy trying to earn your way into His grace. It doesn’t operate like that!
Your sin is more than you can handle. It has brought a death sentence upon you. But the love of God expressed through Jesus Christ is such good news that it’s too good not to be true!
God loves you so much and He wants you to call upon His name realizing that you can’t fix your sin and you need to rest in Jesus’ sacrifice and resurrection from the dead because if you call on His name, you will be saved.
In our weakness HE IS STRONG!
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