I’ve heard countless people say, “God doesn’t give you more than you can handle.” These empty words are repeated as a condolence when something bad happens or an admonition to stop worrying. The saying may come from a bad paraphrase of (1 Corinthians 10:13), which explains that God always gives you a way out when you are tempted. The truth is that in this life we will come to places where our personal resources are entirely overwhelmed and insufficient. This is a wonderful thing and will work to your benefit if you take the opportunity to turn to God.
On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many. We don’t realize Jesus is everything until we realize we have nothing. When you run into trouble that’s far over your head, take the opportunity to rely on God, not on yourself.
Choose to Worship God
God is sovereign and we can trust him. Every time God gives you more than you can handle and the more powerless you feel, the deeper into the heart of God you can travel. Our Father is not afraid of your questions, and you are safely in his grip. Take some time away from the distractions of daily life and ask the Holy Spirit to open your mind and heart to God’s word. Write out your fears and cry out to God for answers.
Where Trials Direct Us
Trials come in all shapes and sizes, but they don’t come to show how much we can take or how we have it all together. Overwhelming suffering will come our way because we live in a broken world with broken people. And when it comes, let’s be clear ahead of time that we don’t have what it takes. God will give us more than we can handle—but not more than he can
“Where does my help come from?” (Ps. 121:1), and we must be able to answer like he did. We must know and believe, deep in our bones, that “My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth” (121:2). When trials come, trust that the Lord’s help will come. This news is helpful to sufferers since we’re saying something true about God instead of something false about ourselves.
Recognize that God is in control
The sheer fact that God is in control of all situations should give us some peace of mind. Because God’s plans are always irrefutably good. With that understanding, we can rest in the truth that he is in control even when we can’t comprehend his plans. We can rest in God’s love knowing that he is in control of the things we fear. The Bible says for us to not fear. So we should work to overcome our fears and anxieties by trusting in the Lord’s guidance.