It is perhaps one of the most commonly held perspectives ever. We read it or hear it or even say it all the time. That perspective is…
“God will never give you more than you can handle.”
Let me pose a simple question; where do you find that nugget of truth in the Bible? Nowhere because it doesn’t exist because God never gave it as a promise.
In fact, we can know for certain that God does at times allow us more than we can handle because that was the Apostle Paul’s experience. Consider what he wrote in his second letter to the Corinthian Christians.
We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. ~ 2 Corinthians 1:8-9
To be fair, I’m sure that our motive behind the “God will never…” perspective is to encourage one another or ourselves, but in the end it can keep us from realizing God’s power working in and through us. So long as we are trying harder and harder to hang in there we won’t let go and more fully rely on God.
Paul states that these overwhelming circumstances of life that made them ready to throw in the towel “happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.” Consider your biggest challenge right now.
Are you trying harder to hang tough or learning to rely on God?