How many times have you heard the claim, “God won’t give you more than you can handle?” You likely hear it most when you’re going through a difficult season. Some well-intentioned, but ill-informed friends try to console you with this “truth.” However, it only leaves you feeling worse. You may feel weak or alone. Or you may wonder if you’re a “bad Christian,” some kind of lesser believer because you just can’t seem to handle it on your own. So is this statement biblical? What does God actually say? Let’s dig into God’s word together to find out.
WHERE DOES THE STATEMENT COME FROM?
It sounds biblical, doesn’t it? A portion of it actually is! But instead of talking about painful times, God won’t give you “more than you can handle” when it comes to another area of struggle – temptation.
That certainly is great news if you’re dealing with a temptation to sin! It won’t be too much to handle, and He always provides a way out. However, applying that same promise about temptation to all levels of human suffering isn’t a jump that the rest of Scripture makes.
Friend, take some comfort knowing that “God won’t give you more than you can handle” appears nowhere in Scripture.
In fact, in Paul’s life we see the opposite.
GOD GAVE PAUL MORE THAN HE COULD HANDLE
Paul is regarded as a hero of the Christian faith. He turned from persecutor of the church to one of its most outspoken missionaries on the road to Damascus. Surely this well-educated spiritual giant who saw first hand the power of Christ could handle anything life threw at him, right?
Paul was repeatedly given more than he could handle throughout his missionary journeys. But in those painful moments where he nearly lost his life, he learns not to rely on himself. Instead, he can rely on God. And so can you.
3 PROMISES FOR WHEN YOU'RE GIVEN MORE THAN YOU CAN HANDLE
A quick glance around Scripture reveals promises from God that give us comfort in the midst of your seasons that are simply too much. Take note of any that stand out to you. Write it down and keep it in a place easily seen so it’s there when you need it. Memorize it if you can!
When life gets physically, emotionally, or mentally overwhelming, you’ve got a Helper you can focus on. And because God is right there next to you, He’ll hold you steady when everything around you seems to be crumbling.
Your Maker carefully handcrafted you. He’s interested in every detail of your life from beginning to end. He most certainly cares about the difficulties you face. So He promises to carry, sustain and rescue you when life gives you more than you can handle.
Yes, you are weak. Incredibly so. No, you can’t handle it on your own. But that’s ok. He gives you a grace that’s sufficient and the power of Christ himself.
Friend, maybe you can’t handle it. But Jesus can.
WHAT ENCOURAGES YOU?
What other passages of scripture help you when you’re enduring season too difficult to bear? Tell us in the comments!