Twice today I’ve heard people make the statement, “God wont give you more than you can handle.”
I’m sorry….I don’t believe that.
If we could handle everything, then why would we need God. Why would I turn to God is I didn’t need Him to handle stuff for me?
Now I know that many of you might quote 1 Corinthians 10:13 to back up to that statement….
No temptations has overtaken you except what is common to humanity. God is faithful, and He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation He will also provide a way of escape so that you are able to bear it.
In my feeble mind, I think of a temptation as something that is against God and His will for my life. It’s a choice we make. Jesus was tempted in the wilderness…He choose God. A temptation can also be a trial…because during the time of being tempted…we are sometimes emotionally, physically, and spiritually drained. We are going through a trial and our decision makes the verdict. God gives us everything we need to withstand…but sometimes we don’t…but we could have.
But what about sickness and death…tragedies that rock your world, that we have absolutely no control over…are those trials/temptations that would fall under this category?
I don’t think they are. They might be times of testing (as in Job’s case)….but was it temptation or was God building his character, drawing him closer to Him? I also believe that situations of great distress can led us into temptation…turning our backs on God…the the situation itself was not the temptation, how we responded was.
How can the death one your child be a temptation? How, really, can you stand it? You can’t…so you either turn to God for His strength or turn away.
For we don’t want you to be unaware, brothers, of our affliction that took place in Asia: we were completely overwhelmed – beyond our strength – so that we even despaired of life….2 Corin. 1:8
So I believe that God will allow situations to come into our lives that we can’t handle, but He can, He wants to, He wants to knock the socks of those watching the situation unfold. He wants you to lean fully into Him…only Him so that He can comfort. He wants to be glorified…even when we have tears in our eyes and our hearts are broken.
The question is…will you allow Him to be glorified?
I would love to hear what you have to say. I know there are varied thoughts on this topic. If you don’t think so…just Google it. Here’s a couple of links that take the statement either way. Here and here.