I was writing in my journal this morning and asking God for direction on what to type to announce the book when God started to speak to me about the statement, “God will never give you more than you can handle?” Have you ever been told that? Better yet, have you ever told someone else that when they were going through a hard time? I have.
When I began to write the book I first thought it was just for others. I realized during this journey the last few months, that it was also for me. I learned so much as I dug deeper into the Word and God. A big lesson I learned was that many things I thought were in the Bible and quoted were in fact, not there at all, or at least had a different meaning than what was implied.
One day I typed the words, “God will never give you more than you can handle?” God quickly said, “Chantel, I did not say that.” Surprised, I asked God, “But God, doesn’t Your Word say that?” God answered, “My Word doesn’t but My people do.”
I pulled up google and typed God will never give you more than you can handle in the search bar. The Scripture that came up was 1 Corinthians 10:13 which states, “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.”
As I studied out this Scripture, I realized that this Scripture talks about being tempted. The Scripture states that God will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we can bear; however, there is a string attached. When tempted, God provides the way out, it is up to us to take it.
After learning that the Scripture indeed does not say “God will never give us more than we can handle”, I sought to learn what it did say about going through hard times. This is what I learned.
Scripture tells us that God will never leave us nor forsake us. Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV), “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” See also Hebrews 13:5.
Scriptures tells us to cast our care. See Psalm 55:22 “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken” and 1 Peter 5:7 (KJV) “ Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”
See also Matthew 11:28-30, 1 Peter 5:6-7.
The Word of God is filled with people who had great faith (read Hebrews 11); however, when you read each of their stories, they all shared another thing in common, they were all presented with more than they could handle. Why?
If you are left in a state where you can handle everything, you start to trust in yourself and others more than God. When we are presented with difficulties and challenges which are more than we can handle, we have to learn to trust God or we will fail. The Bible tells us to count it all joy when trials come (see James 1:2-8).
We have to learn to not just give God the part of the trial that we can’t handle. Use this time in your life to give God everything. That is true freedom. God’s Word teaches us that if we trust Him, we don’t have to handle anything. God’s Word tells us to give it to Him and trust Him. Then we will have rest and peace in the midst of the storm.
Father, I thank You for showing me the truth in Your Word for it is the truth that sets me free. I ask that you will forgive me when I may have misquoted your Word. I pray Lord that You will teach me how to trust You with everything, the small things, and the big things. Lead and guide me this day. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.