Sunday, May 2, 2010

More Than We Can Handle?

So it seems like my last post did make some people question weather there is a verse in the Bible or not that says that God does not give us more than we can handle.

Sorry if I was not clear, I was talking about trials of life!

No, the Bible does not have a verse that says that God does not give us more than we can handle regarding life being hard. This statement is true, and what I was referring to in my previous post. The verse where something similar to this "cliche"is found, has been used to comfort ourselves and others when life gets tough. As in "Life is really hard right now, but remember, God does not give us more than we can handle." There is no place in the Bible where we are promised that we will not be given more than we can handle when it comes to trials. There are however, many promises about God walking with us and carrying us through the storms of life. This is why we need Him.

So where does this misquote come from? There is a verse in the Bible that talks about God not giving us more than we can handle. It is found in 1 Corinthians 10:13. This statement, however, refers to temptation. No, we will not be tempted beyond what we can handle. Now that is a promise.

But remember that the temptations that come into your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will keep the temptation from becoming so strong that you can't stand up against it. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you will not give in to it. 1 Corinthians 10:13

So the correct way to use the "God does not give us more than we can handle" promise, is when we mess up. When we give in to temptation. It is when we mess up than we can say, "You know, God does not give us more than we can handle, I made a bad choice." Or it can be an encouragement that we can stand firm and say, "No!"

Hope this makes things more clear. Again, sorry for the confusion.

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