Jan 12, 2014

Lesson 8: God WILL give you more than you can handle

Often we're told that God won't give us more than we can handle... and I, too, have been guilty of saying that... both to myself and others. However, last night I came across this post on Facebook stating that God WILL give you more than you can handle. It was a little "in your face" but rang true. God DOES give us more than we can handle, yet we find a way to weather the storm and get through things that seem impossible.

You can click here to read the full post, but the following quote is what stood out to me the most:

I wanted to know where that phrase was that people kept repeating to me in church and at work and over the phone. Why did the Lord “trust me so much”?! Why did He think I could handle these kinds of trials?
And then I realized: I couldn’t find that quote because it isn’t there.
It never mentions anywhere in the scriptures that the Lord won’t give you more than you can handle. Yes, in 1 Corinthians 10:13 it speaks of Him giving us an escape from temptations so that it’s not too much to bear. But when it comes to pain, trials, heartache, and burdens– not once does it say it won’t be more than we can bear. Instead, it beautifully says this instead:
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me…for my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matt. 11: 28-30)

Trials, tribulations, hardships, challenges, sorrow, stress... all of the stuff that can drive you up a wall and make you want to pull out your hair WILL come your way. The key thing to remember is that you are never alone in your struggle and you can always find solitude in the Lord.

Also keep in mind that you never know what someone is going through... even your close friends and family. Sharing something as small as a smile, hug, or an "I love you" can turn someone's day and life around.
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