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God Will Not Give You More Than You Can Handle
I wish I had some confetti cannons, because it’s time to celebrate. We made it to the double digits! Welcome to Episode 10.
You know, when we first started this podcast it seemed like a pretty large task. But if we are to Live the Freedom Life, we need to submit ourselves to what the Bible teaches.
Proverbs 11:14 says “There is safety in the multitude of godly counsel”. So before we started Living the Freedom Life, I sought out some guidance. This was a new way for us to minister that we believed, God was calling us into.
Someone very lovingly said to me, “You’ve got this. God will not give you more than you can handle”.
And that intrigued me. I heard that statement quite often and I didn’t want to be confrontational because this person was trying to offer encouragement, but inside, my heart was screaming “NO! That is not true! That’s not true at all!” God does give you more than you can handle. And I don’t say that with gritted teeth. There are many areas in which people try to apply this misinterpretation and call it scripture.
Then I began a journey of introspective study through scripture.
I first landed at 1 Cor 10:13 “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to Mankind. 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 endure it.”
I guess when it’s left up to me in my comfort… of course, I don’t want God to give me more than I can handle. I want to have everything the way I want it, decently and in order (If we want to apply 1Cor 14:40 to this).
God won’t give you any more than you can handle.
We say this because we think any good Father wouldn’t want His son or His daughter to be overwhelmed and feel defeated. I believe that I know what is best for me. But we’ve already talked about that in an earlier episode. (LFL Episode 8 link)
God will not give you more than you can handle, is false. He does give us more than
we can handle because it drives us towards depending on Him. We are not intended to
carry burden or be able to be self-reliant apart from Him. It is considered counter
productive towards the Kingdom.
There were some people in Babel that tried to build a tower, that didn’t work out well for them. They were trying to be self-reliant when posed with a problem larger than they can handle, which was getting to themselves to heaven.
You can find countless cases where someone faced something they couldn’t handle, but God could and did. Paul was writing to the church in Corinth and told them that God will provide a way of escape from temptation.
All of us love a good comeback story. In fact, I have my own comeback story. If you would have known me several years ago, well, let’s just say, you wouldn’t give me the time of day.