Why God Gives Us More Than We Can Handle

Monday, November 28, 2016

 How many times have you heard the saying, "God won't give you anything that you can't handle!" or something similar? These days, it seems like I can't go a single day without hearing those well-meaning words. It is easy to understand why we would want to tell others that they can handle anything thrown their way. It is encouraging and up lifting. Especially as a woman in today's culture, everyone wants to make sure that I know that I am strong and capable. We are told not to doubt ourselves, and that the Lord will not let us fail.

The real truth, though, is that God lets us fail often. Do you remember Job? God allowed Job to go through so much pain and suffering that he cursed the day that he was born. Job was not strong enough for what God put him through. If we could handle this world and all of its pain and suffering without God, what's the point? Why would even need Him?

God allows those He loves to go through tragedies. He allows for cancer to exist. He allows marriages to fail. Some children grow up without parents. Others battle addictions. 

Many of these things are more than we can handle, and that's okay because in my weakness, He is strong. In my brokenness, He is whole. In my failure, He is perfection. 

"But, he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
‭‭                                                                                                         2 Corinthians‬ ‭12:9‬ ‭

One of my best  friends is currently battling ovarian cancer, and she is so strong. She pushes through each treatment with grace and courage, and she rarely complains. Despite how strong and courageous she is, that isn't why God allowed her to have cancer. God didn't set this on her plate because He knew she could handle it. God wrote her story this way because no matter what, He is good. Let us face each struggle with confidence knowing that we are not strong enough, but God is.

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