There’s a feel good platitude that we’ve all heard before. It may have been said to you by a well meaning friend during a hard time. It goes like this, “God will never give you more than you can handle”. Sounds comforting doesn’t it? Sounds like I’m more than strong enough on my own to go through the storms of life. It’s a lie.
God will absolutely without a doubt give you more than you can handle. It’s kind of the point. If everything that comes your way is well within your ability to handle on your own, then who needs God? It’s a dangerous lie to believe. It can destroy a person’s faith. Something bad comes along. Something far beyond your ability to handle on your own and what happens? You, and I, remember that saying, “God will never give me more than I can handle.” And then, when we can’t handle it on our own, we wonder what happened? Does God hate me? Was I too weak? Did I not pray enough? Etc.
God will and does give you more than you handle for a reason. It turns you back to Him. It reminds you that you cannot do it all on your own. During these times God may step in directly for you, or He may lead someone else to do it. Stop believing that it’s all on your shoulders. That is a sure fire way to not only fail, but to feel like you truly suck when stuff goes south.
The whole world is not on your shoulders or mine. Let God do what God does.