Thank U, Kayla. The words U share here touch me deeply – at least in part, because I’ve been there, done that!
Almost 6 years ago, after the death of my mom, I went to a deep valley. I now recognize it as the place, the start of the process where I received my Gift of Desperation. This re-blog.post describes that place and the start of my journey better than anything I have written.
Reader, If U are in Ur Valley, take heart. U’re in God’s Process. Take Ur Mess to Him. Seek Him! There IS another side to Ur Valley!
There’s a certain phrase I’ve come to really dislike.
All my life, I’ve heard this phrase whenever I go through a rough patch. *And by rough patch, I mean a prickly, gnarly patch that leaves me bleeding to near death*. You’re probably familiar with those kinds of “patches”.
“God will never give you more than you can handle” is the phrase I’m referring to.
And it’s a sweet sentiment, really. The people who say it are speaking from caring and concerned hearts.
BUT–it isn’t true.
I know that sounds harsh, but I promise I haven’t suddenly lost my mind or have become an angry-with-God bitter woman who hates the world. Actually, when I realized the simple fact that God can–and will–give us more than we can possibly bear, it got easier.
And it all started to make more sense.
I’ve often trudged through trials that overwhelm me. Ever since my…
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Thx for Ur remarks. I agree that the context is referring to resisting temptation. It occurs to me that most if us don’t know enough about taking advantage of “the way of escape”.
My reply to the original blogger had more to do with the common application of this verse – that “God won’t give us more pain, trials and troubles than we can handle”. It has been my experience that God WILL ALLOW circumstances into our lives that He knows will result in us drawing nearer to him.
Romans 8:28 – He makes ALL THINGS work together for good…
“When we see God using our past(pain) for His glory, it changes our view of our past.”
Hi Jim….Thank you for your post. I have read several and have some thoughts to share regarding them.
But I wanted to say that the “phrase” you are referring to is found in 1 Cor 10:13. Paul is encouraging us to resist temptation for God has allowed it in our lives as a signpost to indicate where we stand. Our identity rests in Christ and as such we have to accept the “wholeness” of scripture. So I have to say that when you say that the paraphrased scripture you refer to is not true we are essentially calling God to “the carpet”. I caution anyone who views/treats scripture this way.