Posted by: thedianestory | January 23, 2008

More Than You Can Handle?

I was listening to KLOVE today and caught only the end of a conversation, but what I did hear made total sense and made me think about this topic like I hadn’t before. This topic was about God not giving us “more than we can handle.” You’ve heard this too haven’t you? Whenever many things are being thrown your way, someone may say to you “God won’t give you more than you can handle.” Or maybe you have had that thought on your own. But today on the radio these two women were talking about how that way of thinking is actually a little backwards.

Shouldn’t it actually be “God won’t give you more than HE can handle?” Because we can’t really handle anything without Him, right? So why would God not give us more than WE can handle? The Bible says “I can do most anything through Christ who strengthens me.” So we know anything is possible, so why couldn’t we handle what is coming our way? Is it maybe then that we can’t handle it if it is more than God can handle?

Then at the same time I think to myself “But God is supernatural, He can handle all things….anything at all.” And then I think that maybe this gives us a glimpse at the human side of God, after all, God is the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Maybe this reveals God as the Son of Man; that he relates to us as we go through life as humans. Maybe this shows us that God knows when it is “more than we can handle” because God knows how much he could handle in our position. So maybe when God sees that it is more than he can handle as the Son of Man, then it is more than we can handle as the children of God. And maybe this shows us a glimpse of God’s compassion on his children.

God calls for us to lean on him in our times of need. He will give us rest. Christ cares for us. So, next time you think about how much you can handle, maybe the question to ask should be “how much can God handle?” And maybe we can learn to handle more by following God’s word to cast our anxiety on Him, and to come to Him when we are weary and burdened.

Phillipians 4:13: “I can do everything through him who gives me strength”

Matthew 11: 28-30: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Matthew 19:26: “Jesus looked at them and said, With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

1 Peter 5:7 “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

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