“God will never give you more than you can handle.” What hollow comfort to hear that when you’re being swallowed up by difficult circumstances. And what an incredibly unfounded and inaccurate statement!
My life has been one crisis after another since I was a child. I grew up poor, although my mother was so adept at creating a comfortable home that we didn’t really know it. My brother went to prison for a highly publicised crime when he was a teenager, and my family endured death threats, criticisms, and twenty years of news stories by zealous reporters who wanted to keep it in the public eye. I had several miscarriages, lost two of my triplets, had an abusive marriage, went through a devastating divorce, and raised six kids alone, without a job, without family nearby, often not sure where our next meal was going to come from. A stolen truck ran a red light and slammed into my vehicle, totalling it and giving me a brain injury that left me unable to speak clearly for several years. I was diagnosed with a painful and crippling disease that limits me in many ways and forces me to have to work ten times harder to accomplish what comes easily for a healthy person.
Two years ago, I accepted a career position that carries a great deal of responsibility, but for which I have no experience and no training. I am making less money, working more hours, and under greater spiritual attack than I have ever been before.
“God will never give you more than you can handle.”
Oh, really??! He makes a specific point of giving me more than I can handle, and He does it on a regular basis. I cannot count how many times I have sat at my desk, or laid face down on my bed, and whispered through my tears “I can’t do this!”.
I’m right. I can’t. But God can. The Bible promises that He equips those He calls, that He will never abandon me, and that He will strengthen me and build me back. He gives me more than I can handle so that I will have no other option but to look to Him for the tools I need to do the tasks He has assigned.
I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me. And I am more than a conqueror through Him. (Philippians 4:13, Romans 8:37)