I learned a phrase at some point in life that was always supposed to help me. I’m not sure if I got it from home or Church or somewhere else. And I’m sure it’s a phrase you learned as well.
“God won’t give you more than you can handle!”
And that sounds awesome. It was something I would say to myself over and over when times got hard. I thought God sure must think a lot of me because of all the crap I’ve dealt with.
But I’ve learned something since then… That awesome phrase… It’s FALSE! It’s not even Scriptural!
God WILL give you more than your can handle.
That phrase we learned as kids is all about how strong you are and has nothing to do with how strong God is.
Tiff and I went through a crazy hard time period from 2007-2010 which include: being forced out of a job I loved, house fire and lost everything, loss of a baby, etc… It was hard. I was done.
But I kept telling myself “God won’t give me more then I could handle!” Yet I was at a breaking point.
I was praying early one morning and I remember saying to God… “I know you won’t give me more than I can handle…” But in that moment I felt God say back to me.., “Says who?”
It got real right then and there.
I felt God say…
Could David handle a Giant… Or did he need me?
Could Daniel defeat the Lions or did he need me?
Could Jesus have handled the pressure of crucifixion… Or did he need me?
It shook everything I thought I knew about God. It sent me on my own spiritual journey.
I came to the realization that God WILL allow things to be more than you can handle… But that’s when God is at his greatest!
If I am constantly trying to handle every situation that life throws at me like I have enough strength to get through…. Then what would I need God for!
This isn’t a strong man competition!
It’s in admitting that I am weak. That I can’t take anymore. That I’m at the end of my rope. That’s when God tends to take over.
Life is hard! God is greater!
I am weak! God is strong!
There will be moments when the weight is crushing. And in those moments… Who am I going to trust? God’s strength… Or my own?
I choose God!
If you’re going through a rough season…. You are not strong enough to get through. But God is! Lean into him during this season!