Confronting the Lie: God won’t give you more than you can handle.

Confronting the Lie: God won’t give you more than you can handle.

A pastor talks about the falsity of the common phrase “God will never give you more than you can handle” and talks about the reality of his journey with God through devastating circumstances.

He compares 1 Cor. 10:13 (“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. 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 endure it.” NIV) to 2 Cor. 1:8-9 (“We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself.  Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.”).

He is so real and so honest.  I find this so authentic, eye opening, and insightful.


2 thoughts on “Confronting the Lie: God won’t give you more than you can handle.

  1. Lr. says:

    first of all, what is the province of Asia? Who are you talking bout? Second of all, The passage is about temptation, what temptation are you talking about? Third: a TRUE believer believes that God knows what he is doing, why question? This is called FAITH……even if faith sends you to death, perhaps you are needed elsewhere. Or perhaps God is protecting you from something that WOULD be too difficult to endure.

    • John 7:53-8:11 says:

      Yes, we will never truly understand God’s plans and wisdom. These are all great questions for the writer, which is not me, but I do believe that he is correct. Why need God if we could handle everything ourselves. God does His best work when we have a broken heart that needs serious mending. If He constantly kept us in our comfort zone of pain, we would have no need for His strength, love and healing. Our faith, I believe, is best displayed by men like the man that wrote this article. Facing either the death of his unborn child or the death of his wife (and his already born children’s mother), yet He is still actively pursuing Christ and leaning on God for strength. I think that temptation can never be summed up into one temptation, so the word is used to sum up any sinful struggle we may face. There are far far too many to count, and they are all different for each of us.

      As far as why question, God blesses everybody with different ways of connecting with Him. For me, I connect with him through nature. For my fiancé, he thrives through analytical thinking, facing questions of faith, and finding the answers. He is actually very well equipped to back his faith to others with questions, which is something we are Biblically called to do, so that we may lead people to Christ. Questions can be a great thing, and those that seek answers and wisdom, find them and can be great and powerful advocates for Christ!

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