Tuesday, September 20, 2016

"God Does Not Give Us More Than We Can Handle"

Does God give us more than we can handle? 

That is a question both believers and nonbelievers tend to ask.
During life's hardships, we seek comfort from others. That search for comfort generally elicits the response, "God does not give us more than we can handle." It is as if those words must put our struggles and worries at ease. However, if you are anything like me, there is something about that quote that does not quite restore my lacking repose.

There is no Biblical promise stating that He does not allow life's grief to become more than we can bear. Such a quote is man-made, worded to quell our negative human emotions. It is likely that it is derived from the following verse.

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. - 1 Corinthians 10:13

While similar, the above verse is referring to temptation. Yes, temptation is a life complication, but all problems do not fall under that category.

So, God does give us more than we can handle?

Not only do I believe that God does give us more than we can contend with, but I believe that He WILL. He allows bad things to occur in life to teach us to depend on Him. Rather than pursuing earthly comforts, life's burdens are meant to steer us closer to Him. 

In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead. - 2 Corinthians 1:9

There is no doubt that my faith has been molded by what I have gone through. I regularly question certain events in my life. Why did my father pass a few months prior to my birth? Why am I afflicted with a horrible disease? Why did my family and I have to resort to leaving our home state indefinitely for medical treatment? Why is my grandfather's Alzheimer's progressing so rapidly, forcing the family to consider homes and alter life for his care? Not to ramble on about the negatives in life, but you get the point. The extensive trials people attempt to withstand alone are huge. They are beyond what an individual can manage.

My life is more than I can handle. Yours might be too. How much will we burden ourselves with before relying on God?  Suffering cannot always be solved by us alone. Other people cannot necessarily resolve our problems either. But He can.

The Lord will fight for you; you must be quiet. - Exodus 14:14