God Will Not Give You More Than You Can Handle – I Beg To Differ

I don’t often blog about my Christian faith. My blog is mostly about farming, soap making and living what we think of as a “simple” life. The reality is that I have a personal relationship with God – The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. God is involved in our daily lives and we seek his guidance often. I talk to God and He listens. God talks to me and I try to listen. Sometimes I am not sure exactly what His messages are telling me and other times they come through loud and clear. Today I am going to share with you my most recent message from God.

Yesterday while I was outside cleaning garlic I was also thinking about some of the challenges that we are going through right now. “God won’t give us more than we can handle” I thought. This is a phrase that we Christians use often to comfort each other and ourselves when we are struggling. As soon as this thought entered my head I knew it was wrong. It was like God grabbed me and shouted “NO! I GOT THIS!” and it was then that I realized the truth – that God will never give us more than He can handle.

As I pondered this I realized that it wouldn’t even make sense for God to limit the events in our life to those that we, as mere mortals, have the ability to cope with. If He did we would really have no need for God. It is, in fact, during the hard times, when we trust God and learn to count on him, that our faith and our relationship with Him are strengthened.

It seems to me that with the good intentions of offering comfort to others we (humans)have messed things up – again. God never intended for us to go it alone. He is always there to guide and protect us, to provide wisdom and give us strength. We only need to seek it. Thus the message – God will never give you more than He can handle offers comfort in reminding us the we need to turn to God instead of trying to go it alone. Won’t you join me is spreading this message.

Thanks for reading.

 

Philippians 4:13

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Matthew 11:28-30 New International Version (NIV)

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.”

30 thoughts on “God Will Not Give You More Than You Can Handle – I Beg To Differ

  1. I am glad you decided to share about your faith. Whatever else you usually write about is all colored by your faith and I’m sure it shines through. But it is good sometimes to put it in “black and white” sometimes. Yes, He is able to bring us through the most difficult times if we only yield to Him rather than trying to do it our own way. I think the Lord has to shout at all of us at times. We seem so blind and hard of hearing when it comes to understanding what He is trying to get across. But the more I communicate with Him, and He with me, the easier it is to understand without the shouting. Then it is we who should shout the shout of victory and praise to Him. And thanks for the Follow!

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  2. I used to think like you in my opinion, in fact every person has thought what you did at one time or another. But it’s true, God doesn’t give us more than we can handle. He’s there to help us through each challenge. Each challenge and failure makes us stronger and is a stepping stone(s) to our final destination which will give us success.

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    1. I believe many things God puts before us are more than we can handle on our own. As humans we are weak. It is only by seeking His guidance, strength, and wisdom that I have made it through many times in my life. That is why I say “God will not give us more than He can handle.”

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  3. Excellent post! There is a verse which produced the saying ‘God will not give us more than we can handle.’ It is 1Co 10:13  “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation, he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” However, as your writing points out, that really means enduring temptation, hardship, etc., can ONLY happen when one finds the LORD and His ‘way of escape.’

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  4. This is a moving post Ruth – thank you for sharing it. I also have conversations with God and make it a point not to just do it when I have worries or need guidance. I thank Him when he looks out for me as well. In my daily prayers, I have a list of people on my prayer list … I have no family, so these folks are friends, some are friends of friends that I’ve never met but need a prayer on their behalf. It makes me feel that I am not there to help them personally, but someone much greater than myself is perched on their shoulder.

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    1. Thank you Linda. There is absolutely power in prayer. We may never see the results of our prayers but isn’t that what faith is? I often say a little prayer for someone just because they pop into my mind. God knows what they need even if I don’t.

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      1. I agree with you Ruth. Every day I hear stories about people’s health – people I know, or friends of theirs, and it is all sad. I keep them in my prayers. I have two friends who are former nuns. One is my good friend Ann Marie and the other is a neighbor down the street. As to Ann Marie, I have never known a person who reaches out and selflessly does things to help others like she is prone to do Now whether that was her nature all along to do this, or because of her years spent in the convent, I don’t know, but every time I e-mail with her, or see her, she has taken another person under her wing, or is volunteering for something else. She is 75 and leaves me in the dust with her energy and all her good deeds. In my prayers I even include the people who have lost loved ones or possessions as a result of all these natural disasters we’ve had around the world this year – every day there is another horror story in the news. Those people I will never see in person, nor can I help them, except to say a prayer for them. I think we’re cut from the same cloth Ruth.

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