Does God Give Us More Than We Can Handle?

We have probably all heard the saying that is meant to comfort, "God will never give you more than you can handle," My first problem with it is I don't believe it. I mean what would life be if we were never challenged. Never allowed to fail. Never stretched to be more than what we are at this moment. My second problem with it is it's not in the Bible. Nope, sorry people it is found nowhere in the Bible.

God uses a trial to stretch us. To mold us, to burn off the bad parts. To better us. With God, we can do all things.

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. 1 Corinthians 10:13 KJV

 For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life: But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead 2 Corinthians 1:8,9 KJV

In the last few years, God has given me more than I can handle. Not just once but over and over again. I'm worn out. I'm tired of this fight. Yet I can not quit because it is a fight that draws my heart closer to him. If peace and rest mean surrender then I choose to be tired but still fighting. Still learning. Still being stretched, refined, challenged, being made more.
If there are not burdens that are too big for us to handle then we have no need for God. He tells us in his Word that we were never made to carry these burdens but called to cast ALL our burdens on him.
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.1 Peter 5:6-7 KJV
Our own pride and arrogance make us want to pick up those burdens and carry them on our own shoulders like Santa's pack of toys. We need to humble ourselves and cast off that twisted pack of worries and stress and give it to the Father.  The only one strong enough to lift that burden.  The one made to carry our burdens.


  1. Hi! Just found this post from Deep Roots at Home. I agree that that frequently heard saying is nowhere in the Bible! I've often thought that same thing. I think it's a very American saying! Glad to find your blog!! I blog at:

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