Maybe God isn’t who you think He is. He’s much better. This series will help you identify some Christian clichés we’ve all heard somewhere before but they are actually un-biblical lies. These clichés although innocent, are harmful to our faith and they keep far too many believers stuck in spiritual immaturity. Let’s replace these clichés with truths about God from the Bible, that will bring encouragement and freedom to our lives.
8 “But you, Israel, my servant,
Jacob, whom I have chosen,
you descendants of Abraham my friend,
9 I took you from the ends of the earth,
from its farthest corners I called you.
I said, ‘You are my servant’;
I have chosen you and have not rejected you.
10 So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:8-10
9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
God won’t give you more than you can handle.
Is this cliché biblically true or false? Let’s find out. When we say this statement are we telling ourselves we do not want more than what we believe we can handle? The plans we make for ourselves are the sorts of plans that keep us comfortable – we expect God to stay within the boundaries of our plans, to bless those plans how we want them blessed. However, God doesn’t ever operates that way, He doesn’t operate with human logic or wisdom. He is all-knowing (omniscient) and “He knows the plans he has for you” (Jer 29:11) He does gives us more than we can handle on our own. Why? So that we’ll seek Him for help and guidance.
God does not promise us a life free of difficult situations or that we will not experience suffering. I dare you to find Scripture that says that. God’s promise is to be with us in those difficult situations, ever-present and omnipresent to help in times of suffering.
He doesn’t promise us that we’ll face only things we can handle. Why would we need God if this were true? One of the biggest blessings is being in over our heads in life – in that way we have the opportunity to turn to and rely on God who can take on anything and everything. He is able. The promise found throughout the Bible is that He won’t give you more than He can handle through you.
Even in the most extreme circumstances, He will carry you through it all. His grace helps you survive. Sometimes the greatest gifts are the gifts you can’t explain. You may not understand it, but somehow you have peace with it, even in the middle of the storm. It’s a storm you can’t handle, and yet you still endure. Why? Because God is with you. You feel the strength to stand firm because you’re standing on Him as your foundation.
Recall your most recent significant struggle (you may still be in it). Why is faith in God so valuable during these difficult circumstances?
Sometimes God gives us more than we can handle, but He never gives us more than He can handle through us.