All my life I have heard the phrase, “God will never give you more than you can handle.”
I use to say it myself to others, I use to believe this was true.
But, now I know this is just one of those Christiany phrases we toss around, that sound good, but aren’t biblical.
Today I began reading through 2 Corinthians, and as I read I was struck by the despair I heard in Paul’s voice as he wrote to the believers in chapter one.
Paul writes that they were burdened beyond their strength, they despaired even of life, having the sentence of death within them. (II Corinthians 1:8-9)
Now, to me this sounds like more than they could handle.
It sounds to me like they were having a very hard time, so bad in fact that they just didn’t think they could go on.
Have you been there, are you there now?
I can remember before coming to Nepal, feeling this way. Having been waiting upon the Lord, going through the valley, and failing to see a way out.
This is why I know He often does give us more than we can handle.
See if He gave us only what we could handle, we wouldn’t need Him.
In verse 9, Paul says, that God has done this so that “they might not rely upon themselves, but upon God, who raises the dead.”
The truth is God does allow difficulties.
He does allow dark days, and walks in the wilderness.
So that, we will trust in Him, so that we will rely upon Him.
Paul knew that God had indeed raised Jesus from the dead. He understood that if God had done this, then nothing he was going through was too much.
No problem he had was too big, because God was bigger.
Dear friend, the same is true of us. though sometimes the way seems too much, God is there beside us and He wants us to rely upon and trust in Him. Your problem is not too big or too difficult for Him.
Paul goes on to say that he believes that just as God has delivered him in the past, he believes He will deliver them now.
When we are in the midst of the storm it is hard to remember how God delivered us in the past. It’s hard to see anything but the storm.
Yet, how important it is, that we remember and believe. For the same God who delivered us before,is the same today, tomorrow and always!!!
Finally, Paul thanked the believers for their prayers. As I read this I was struck by a thought. For you see, when we are going through tough times, we need the prayers of others. Yet how often do we shrug them off, or hide our problems?
This should not be. Paul recognized their need of prayer, and thanked them for it. Likewise, we must seek the prayers of others.
Never loosing sight of the main theme of chapter one. For you see, Paul begins by thanking God the Father, of all comfort, who comforts them in their afflictions, so that they might comfort others.
The truth is, God does give us more than we can handle.
He allows difficulties and pain in our lives. So that we will rely upon Him and His strength.
He takes us through the valley, teaching us with each and every step, so that when He has delivered us, we can comfort others with all He has taught us.
Many preachers today will try to tell you that if your suffering, if your going through a hard time, you have done something wrong.
Many preachers today, want you to believe that you are to have your best life now.
This is not true.
We are told over and over in the Scriptures, that we should expect suffering. We are even told to rejoice in our suffering.
Why? Because it is through the dark days, that we learn to trust in God.
It is through the difficulties that God comforts us, so that He can use us to comfort others.
I don’t know what you are dealing with right now, but God does.
He is there walking beside you.
No problem you have is too big for Him.
And though you may despair of life itself right now. Though you may not feel like you can go on.
You can, by God’s grace and through His strength.
Cling to the Lord dear friend, and He will see you through!