Well, this past year I have probably heard that about 100 times!
As I said in a past post this has been quite a year...job loss, financial strain, relationship issues, unexpected surprise blessing (baby #3) on the way, both cars died, ...the list goes on. I don't typically share my 'business' with many people but others would find out things here & there & say "God will never give you more than you can handle." or "It will only make you stronger." or "Maybe it's a test."
In my mind I always thought, 'Yea, yea, but I don't want or need to handle anything else right now. I'm a borderline body builder (figuratively) so don't need any more strength & I'm sure I have passed at least 1 test by now!"
I am learning that He closes doors so that other bigger & better doors can be opened - it is our choice, though, whether or not we walk through them.
I came across an article the other day about God giving us more than we can handle by All Our Lemmony Things. She wrote about how God sometimes will give you more then you can handle.
"So, the other day, I turned to the scriptures. I needed help.
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. (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. - 1 Corinthians 10:13) 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:
The words struck my heart, as you can imagine. Christ is speaking to those of us who are carrying burdens much too heavy for our own shoulders. And in that one verse he simply states the reason why we are given more than we can handle: It’s so we can come to him. It’s so we can trust him enough to hand over our heavy, crippling burdens and let him carry the load."
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Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. -
Philippians 4:6 (NIV)