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