GOD WILL GIVE YOU MORE THAN YOU CAN HANDLE by R.D. McClenagan for Core Christianity

Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer; from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I, for you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy. – Psalm 61:1-3

God will give you more than you can handle. Guaranteed.

I have heard many people say God will not give you more than you can handle and they often say it with good intentions – to try and comfort someone walking through difficulty or suffering. Maybe you have even said it. Let not your heart be troubled, I have said it many times myself.

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But the truth is, God will give you more than you can handle.

There are things that come into our lives that we can’t handle – all kinds of suffering, pain, and darkness. I know people in my church who have lost a spouse or a young child. There are people who have been betrayed by a business partner, a close friend, or a spouse. Others who watch their babies born nearly three months too early or walk with their elderly parents as they come to the end. And hardly any of them ever saw it coming.

You really have no idea what tomorrow will hold.

As a pastor, I have a front row seat to see the suffering of people and hardly a week goes by (sometimes a day) without a phone call or an email or a note that doesn’t make me shake my head and weep. Early on in ministry I would try to bring comfort to people by telling them how God would not give them more then they could handle and that if they could “only be strong for a little while” everything would soon turn around.

These days I am able to balance two profound truths in my head at simultaneously: God will give you more than you can handle, but He will nevergive you more than He can handle.

These are the two statements that now drive my preaching and counseling.

God gives you more than you can handle so that you can realize you can’t handle it on your own! He gives it to you so that it would drive you to Him.

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