Oftentimes when I am going through a difficult time, friends tell me, “God won’t give you more than you can handle.” Have you ever been told this? Is it true? Will God never give us more than we can handle?
I don’t know about you, but for me, the last couple of years have been particularly difficult. I have found myself at the end of my rope, wondering how much more I can take.
No matter what we might be going through, the bible should always be where we look for divine inspiration. So what does the bible say about God not giving us more than we can handle?
Let’s look at 1 Corinthians 10:13, “No temptation” — or test since it is the same word in Greek — “has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted [tested] beyond your ability [beyond what you are able].”
Let’s read on, “but with the temptation, he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” There is the key, he will also provide a way of endurance.
“We” means that we never go through any temptation, trial, or difficulty alone. It is with God’s help that we ate able to do all things.
So what is meant by handle? Does it mean we will never stumble or fail? Nope. We will fail. What it means is that God will never let us stumble or fail to the point that we can’t recover, repent, and be restored.
Here are some verses to back this up:
Philippians 1:6: “He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”
Romans 8:30: “Those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.” He is going to keep you.
1 Peter 1:5: “By God’s power [we] are being guarded through faith for a salvation.” God’s power is guarding me. He won’t let me fail beyond return in any test.
1 Corinthians 1:8: “[He] will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose—I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.]”