God Won’t Give You More Than You Can Handle.
Although meant well, this statement often has the opposite effect of what it intends. If God won’t give me more than I can handle, why do I feel so helpless? What about the painful circumstances I can’t change?
The subtle error of this statement is that I must handle life by myself. God has such great faith in my ability to handle heavy burdens that he has saddled me with cancer, a wayward child, or a death.
The truth is that life itself is more than I can handle apart from the sustaining grace of God. That’s why Jesus says in Matthew 11:28: “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” It is only Jesus who can carry my burdens, not me.
My responsibility is to surrender my pain and difficulty to God. There is nothing too great for him to handle.