“God won’t give you more than you can handle.”
It’s one of those well loved and, in my opinion, overused, cliche phrases of Christianity.
When we think critically, this phrase can raise a lot of important questions. Where did this idea come from? Why does it sound so nice to our ears? Most importantly, is it even biblical?
I’ve come to the conclusion that this statement actually isn’t accurate. In fact, God does give us more than we can handle, and we have distorted His words into a phrase that goes against His character.
Broken down into three reasons, here’s why God will give you more than you can handle.
1. To show us we need Him.
Whether we want to admit it or not, we all, as sinners, have a desperate need for Christ. The truth is, sometimes God puts us in situations that overwhelm us to show us how much we need His love, mercy, and grace.
When we are bogged down in our circumstances, we fail to realize that God uses trials to teach us lessons of faith. There are days when we might be laid flat on our backs at rock bottom. The beauty in that is that even then, we can look up and just see Jesus.
God gives us more than we can handle to help our stubborn hearts understand that without Him, we are nothing.
2. To show us His faithfulness.
God demonstrates His faithfulness in our lives when we are beyond what we can handle in our own strength. When we ask God for His help, He delights in sharing His strength with us.
He showed us the ultimate faithfulness when He went to Calvary and died on a cross as our substitute, taking the punishment we deserved.
He loved us so perfectly that He gave His everything for us. Why do we fear that He won’t help us through today?
Psalm 27:14 (NKJV): “Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart.”
God gives us more than we can handle to demonstrate His dedication to His children.
3. Ultimately, He gets the glory.
In 2 Corinthians 12, the apostle Paul was explaining his health issue; the infamous “thorn in the flesh.” Three times, Paul asked God to take away this infirmity. God’s response was this.
“My grace is sufficient for you, For My strength is made perfect in your weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV).
Paul understood that through his human struggles, God showed Himself to be mighty. God works through our weakness, and in doing so receives the honor and glory He deserves.
God gives us more than we can handle to show us that He is God, and He is good.
So how can we respond to this, and apply it to our lives?
We can respond by acknowledging that how we view our circumstances and trials can change our entire view of life.
By giving God our struggles and admitting that we are minute nothingness without Him, He gives us the strength we need to get through the day, and He gets the praise. I won’t lie, it’s a hard thing for me to admit that I need Him. Truly. Yet, He’s teaching me more every day.
Have you seen these ideas affect your life? What might God want to teach you by giving you more than you can handle?