Some have said, “God will not give you more than you can handle.”
Or, “God won’t put more on you than you can bear.” Those are actually misleading statements given by well-meaning individuals. However, they are scripturally inaccurate.
I must confess too, that a small part of me just wants to scream at people who repeat such cliches. I know better, though. Screaming is not the best way to teach correct theology. I mainly get internally agitated with those who consider themselves Bible-believing Christians. They should know better.
Let me be brief and blunt. Christian, please stop repeating phrases like these that are not true. Nope, sorry – I can’t let you have a pass on this one. No, First Corinthians 10:12-13 does not teach that error. I’ll avoid typing twelve more Scripture references because that would exacerbate this post. Besides, I don’t want to type more than you can bear; )
The reality of Scripture, Early Church history, and our own lives teach us that our loving, Heavenly Father does indeed allow His children to deal with more than they can bear. Why would He do such a thing? I won’t pretend to have all the answers to that question, but there is one thing I know. More than we can handle keeps us returning to our loving Father, searching for His help and more grace to make it through. Besides, “Faith does not eliminate questions. But faith knows where to take them” (Elisabeth Elliot).
Life has given me more than I can handle on more than one occasion. Okay, like most of the days of my life have been more than I can handle on my own. This, my friend, keeps me in the continual conversation of prayer. Prayer, in Jesus’ name and guided by the Holy Spirit, to my Father in Heaven is how I live in victory.
The good news is not that God won’t give us more than we can handle. The good news is that He won’t give us more than He can handle. You see, in this process of not only surviving but thriving in the daily routines of life, we prayerfully see His grace and experience His mercy. “The best thing of all is God is with us” (John Wesley).
Think about it. If God didn’t allow us to experience more than we can handle, most Christians would live so independently that they’d act like their own god – an apostate humanistic existence. However, a life of daily dependence upon God’s grace is exactly what it takes to walk in victory.
How can you avoid believing such cliches that sound compassionate but are not biblical? I’m glad you asked (well, I’m glad you read the question). Read the Bible for yourself; it’s phenomenal. It is God’s will that we understand its teachings, and He will help us. Do you need a plan to stay on track? Contact me, and I’ll be glad to provide you with some printed Bible reading plans, totally free of charge with no strings attached.
Is your theology based more on commonly repeated phrases and cliches than it is your own understanding of Scripture? Let’s be a people of one Book and let His Word rule our thoughts.
Okay, that is all. You may now return to your regular schedule and make it a great day.