They say God will never give you more than you can handle..really?My Dear Brethren! Let us talk about this for a moment…
The Scripture does not say this particular saying… There are many sayings that are supposed quotes from the Bible… The one I really love is… “God Helps Those who Help Themselves.” What a crock! Talk about being stuck in Cain’s mindset! Ugh!
But, this particular made-up verse is meant to be an encouragement during difficult times. But sadly, points to the ability of man’s strength and not of God’s Strength. In a round about way, it implies that you will always survive if you hold on a bit more and try a little harder and that God is a kind God who will never bear you with problems you can’t handle.
However, this is not a true thought. Look at Job! God allowed Satan to attack Him to test Job’s Heart and to strengthen His relationship with Job.
The verse referred to in the post is typically taken from 1 Corinthians 10:13 that says…
13 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.
Notice we are talking of TEMPTATION. And, the temptation will not be greater than you are able. Not able to withstand, but able to create. And there’s always a way out thru God’s ways! The way is to Rely on God throughout the process so as to ENDURE it! This does not say the trouble will be removed from you.
Also, When we speak of our burdens, we must evaluate what we are actually dealing with. Meaning, most of the time, our issues and troubles are self induced by our behavior or decisions…. They are not God’s fault. And does God come and save us from ourselves? Yes! But only by Salvation and Santification…
Salvation is immediate, it comes by our Belief in Christ’s work on the Cross. And the belief that God forgives our TOKOGAE Mindset and Renews our Mindset in Him upon this Belief.
It’s the Santification that people don’t get. And this is the Lifelong process of learning to understand God’s ways and learning to live in them, so we stop our self destructive behaviors and decisions, therefore leading us in a life with little temptations! Therefore bringing us to a light burden to bear…. as Christ stated in Matthew.
Matthew 11:28-30 28. Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Psalm 23:4 4. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me….
Get it yet? The evil is the Mindset of TOKOGAE that we are born with. (The tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil). The Light Burden is the Mindset we are Given through our REBIRTH by Believing in Jesus because we become Spirit, rather than flesh and can rely wholly on the Lord for our provisions of Strength, Faith, Rational thought, Ways and Means. It’s about His Strength to deal with any troubles, Not Ours! It’s always about Him and Not us!
And it is the Flesh Mindset that twists the knowledge the scriptures bear into funny little sayings like “God never gives you more than you can handle”.
I’ll tell you first Hand God ALLOWS US TO BE TESTED outside of our Ability? WHY?
So that we learn to rely on Him and Him Alone and stop relying on ourselves! Oh ye who rely on the works of your own hands, beware! For you will become empty and heavy ladened. This was Cain’s curse as he offered the Lord work from his hands… However Cain’s brother was blessed because He knew God didn’t care about how hard He worked and toiled… God would only accept His own works, which was the life of a lamb. This story becomes a sneak peak into what God does through Christ for all of Mankind!
16. He gave you manna to eat in the wilderness, something your ancestors had never known, to humble and test you so that in the end it might go well with you. 17. You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” 18. But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
So through all things, we are reminded that God doesn’t have us from trouble, but teaches us, frames us, and helps us to bear the burdens this life brings forth.
We Can’t, But He Can!
We don’t want to, but He wants do!
We Won’t, but He Will!