“God will not give you more than you can handle.” This is a phrase that I have heard my whole life from various people and churches. It is a really nice idea. Essentially, what we are saying and believing is that “everything that I am going through is not more than I can handle myself.” This whole concept, while nice and somehow comforting in a twisted way, is not Biblical at all.
I think this concept came from the verse in 1 Corinthians that is talking about temptation. That verse reads: “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. 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 stand up under it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13). Note: This post is not about that verse at all (except to point out how we have changed it into something that it’s not), but when you get a moment, go ahead and let that soak in because there are some powerful and encouraging truths in there. So, clearly, that verse is talking about temptation, not all hardships and tough times that we will go through.
The reality is that God is going to give us way more than we can handle. That’s why he is there, to help us carry our load. He is going to give us more than we can handle because when we can’t carry it anymore, we will lean into Him. When we get to that point of too much, we are either going to break or let Him carry us through. What kind of God would He be if he never gave us more than we can handle. But, because of our prideful nature, we think that He wouldn’t do that. We think He considers us so strong that He will keep loading it on, just before our breaking point, so that we never have to ask for help.
So here is what I am thinking…in those times when our load is so heavy, when we are not sure how we are going to make it through and we think, “God will not give me more than I can handle” let’s try a new thought. What if in those moments we thought, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28).
Imagine how your life would drastically change if you took the burden off of yourself and gave it to the God who will always give you more than you can handle so that you have the opportunity to lean into Him?