more than you can handle

There is a saying in Christian (and non-Christian) circles that even I have been known to use:

God won't give you more than you can handle.

You will not find this verse in scripture. What is in scripture is this:
"I will never leave you nor forsake you." Hebrews 13:5
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Phillipians 4:13
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28

I the exact opposite is true. I think God absolutely will give us more than humanly possible to handle, because that is the only way we are ever going to truly lean on him. It's the only way we will acknowledge that he is sovereign, that he is in control.

I pray daily (and sometimes hourly) that God would take these burdens that we bear away from us. Sometimes it is a selfish prayer. What if he did take them away? Would I need him anymore? I don't want my God to be a god of convenience. I want my God every millisecond of every second of every minute of every hour of every day.

So I am praising God today for giving me more than I can handle.


  1. Wonderful! I will pray for you too! Amazing my dear! Amazing!

  2. hay there. i've had that line quoted at me too. i've always wondered if it has derived from this verse,
    No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. 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 stand up under it. - 1 Cor 10:13
    what do you think?

    anyway. i totally get what you mean. only when we are so stretched to the max (and beyond) do we really realize how much we need God so bad. i also fluctuate between not wanting to be in the situation and wanting to be challenged and rely on God. it is confusing.

  3. 1Cor. 10:13 is one I've heard connected to this saying. I agree...hey LIFE is more than I can handle by myself! LOL

  4. Needed to read this today, Heather... thanks for posting! :)

  5. I agree with your thinking on this one. I think God does give us more than we can handle...without him.

    1 Cor 10:13 - this has to do specifically with temptation...not everything under the sun that can overwhelm us.


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