“God doesn’t give you more than you can handle.”

We’ve seen that tweeted, on Tumblr, shared on Facebook with a random picture of waves crashing… and more.

But I’ve never seen it in the Bible.

Okay yes… the Bible does say God will not tempt you more than you can bear.  But he doesn’t ever promise that the waves will not exist. He does not promise that storms will not form. What He promises you is that even though storms exist, and you have no control over your trials, He will be with you. He will guide you. He can handle the storms. But… you can’t handle your trials alone and they definitely are more than you alone can handle.

In a time where hurricanes are stealing the homes of people we know, fires are overcoming property in the west, and every time we turn on the news its more bad news— we can’t help but notice life kinda stinks. Sometimes the storm brings us to our knees. Sometimes we fall. Sometimes we are not enough.

But Jesus is enough.

I can promise you that in this life, you will have storms. You will have trials and death will steal some of the greatest people you know. Illness sometimes ruins our plans and every now and then heartbreak sneaks into our soul and takes our inner joy. I am not promising in this life that you your self can heal properly by just smiling and hoping life gets better. I am not promising that illness won’t take those you love and your heart won’t ever be broken. I am not promising that God won’t give you more than you can handle. What I am promising you is that God won’t give you more than He can handle. He is with your through your storm. He is there for you and so desperately wants you to cling to Him when life gets hard.

So to the one reading this currently dealing with some dark days – Whether a hurricane has displaced you or heartbreak has consumed you. I promise you can’t handle this alone. You need God daily, when life is good and when life is stinks.

The moment you embrace your weakness is the moment you are able to praise God’s strength. Your life thirsts for more than anything provided by the world. You need a Savior when life does and will knock you down.

Christianity should never be about what you can do or what you can handle. Christianity should be about what your God can do through you, for you, and what God did when he sent His Son to save you.

Life stinks and sometimes you are going to cry and need Ben and Jerry’s and a hug from your best friend at 1 a.m. That’s okay. It is okay to not be okay but you have a Savior who can handle everything. And sometimes you’ll look back and although the pain stunk, you’ll realize it was an opportunity to grow in your relationship with your Savior and see His strength in a new way.

Matthew 19:26 

“But Jesus looked at them and said to them, ‘With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’”

Written by Grace Valentine

I love Jesus, diet coke and sunflowers. I wish I lived in the mountains, but love the two states I call home--Louisiana and Texas. I can watch Criminal Minds all day and dream of one day owning an ice cream truck for fun. However, my main goal in life is that more girls will realize the worth they have through Christ Jesus--and with Him and Him only we are enough.

4 comments

  1. “Jesus is enough” “It is okay to not be okay”. These are just some of the things that really spoke to me. I live in the beautiful place of Lake Lure, a huge lake surrounded by gorgeous mountains. And a lot of the time when I am going through a trial in my life, I just look outside and I think “The man who died for me, who made this beautiful creation of land and water thought the world needed one of me too”
    Thank you for writing, it really helps me.

  2. So much truth in this article and I could not have said it better. Thank you. People have asked me how I could handle our daughter’s terminal illness and losing her many times over the past soon to be 30 years. My reply, some days I don’t handle it very well, mainly Mother’s Day, but I know where she is. Next question, couldn’t God have healed her? My answer, Yes, He could have. Next question, Why didn’t He? My answer, I guess He had a different plan. Next question, aren’t you angry with Him? My answer, from time to time, yes. But then I talk to Him about my feelings and I reflect on all that He has done for me and for our daughter during her illness. Every need she had was taken care of, every piece of medical equipment needed, the 24 hour nurses, all in our home. I could love on her and rest in the fact that my God, get God loved her so much that He saw to her every need and we never paid a penny out of our pocket. No that was the hand of God. I continued to serve and love Him though it all because I couldn’t out love Him. I coul not have made it through her days on this earth without Him. I could not have kept my family together without Him. When I reflect on every detail He took care of, I was humbled and thankful. Yes, I will continue to have situations in my life that are hard to deal with Feel overwhelming and He will use everyone of them to shape me and make me and hopefully my situation will encourage someone who is struggling. I love my Heavenly Father no matter what.

    1. I have lost a son to a car wreck almost 20 years ago and a daughter to a heart condition almost 14 years ago. I had lots of bad times but God revealed to me through people he put in my life: 1) Why not me? I would not wish my pain on someone else and this is my journey with God and not anyone else’s. 2) Sometimes God puts Christians in the trenches to help those in the same situations see Christ in and through us because the top of that trench seems too far away. People have often said they don’t know how I could be so strong and I tell them I’m not but God is.
      I Loved reading your story!! Keep writing and using the gift God gave you.

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