“God won’t give you more than you can handle.” This is one of my least liked statements. People usually say something like this when they experience various hardships, when friends are struggling or in times of loss. This phrase connotes that God is the one who places burdens upon his people. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Many believe this sentence comes from the Bible, when in reality it does not. Most likely, it found its way into our vocabulary through a misunderstanding of Paul’s speaking out about temptation. You can read the verse here. 1 Corinthians 10:13
As the disciples fought the wind and seas on the Sea of Galilee, fear overcame their sensibilities. In their panic, they saw Jesus approaching upon the waters and thought him a ghost. Only when their Lord called to them and got in the boat did peace return. It is the same for us as we struggle against the powers of earthly life. Sin brings doubt; doubt brings fear. Yet by faith, the children of God will recognize that they are not alone. Through Jesus Christ, who is with us always, God saves his people and provides a way to endure.
Prayer: Loving God, the burden is mine alone, yet you provide strength to endure through Christ the Lord. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by David Nuottila,
Pastor of Union Lutheran Church in Salisbury, NC.