Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
“God never gives us more than we can handle”
Words I’ve heard, we’ve all heard, hundreds of times.
I’ve even said them, and I’m sure you have too.
But lets be honest
Also, the phrase “he/she/they have the patience of Job” I think anyone who’s ever said that hasn’t ever actually read the book of Job.
All the time, God gives us more than we can handle, all the time. The bible does tell us that we will never be tempted beyond what we can endure, but it promises trials, it promises tribulation, it promises hurt.
Paul wrote in Corinthians that “We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself.” (2 Cor 1:8) Paul himself. the great and mighty Paul. The great missionary himself, who told us to rejoice no matter our circumstances, and wrote what feels like half the new testament from his jail cell. That’s the guy who said they were under so much pressure they wanted to die it was so beyond what they could endure.
Here’s the thing though
In the very next sentence Paul goes on to say “this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God” (2 Cor 1:9)
God gives us more than we can handle but never more than HE can handle. How’s that for a bumper sticker for you.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
Not only will God give us more than we can handle so that we learn to rely on him rather than ourselves, through His scribes we are told in James and Romans to consider it pure joy and to glory in our sufferings and trials.
And then we go back to Paul “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” (Phil 4:4)
Rejoice ALWAYS, consider trials pure joy, glory in suffering
Talk about trial by fire.
Personally after days like yesterday, and yes there are still many, I’m with the Psalmist:
How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
and day after day have sorrow in my heart?
How long will my enemy triumph over me?
Yes Lord, how long – how long will I wrestle with the sorrows of my heart?
“the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deut. 31:6)
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Heb 13:8)
‘this happened so that the works of God might be displayed” (John 9:3)