You Can’t HANDLE This!!!

I’m sure you’ve seen all these inspirational quotes on Facebook or in greeting cards…you know the ones:  “God won’t give you anything you can’t handle.”  That sounds very reassuring, doesn’t it?  It’s comforting to think God wouldn’t give you more than you are able to handle.  One teensy little problem.  It’s not true.

I think it comes from a twisting of a certain scripture in the Bible:

No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

1 Corinthians 10:13

The word is “temptation”.  It isn’t “trial” or “struggle” or “challenge” or even “tragedy.”  I really don’t know how we got it so twisted, but twisted it is.  And dangerous!  When we misquote this very important scripture, we do damage to the many people who suffer, and are now told they CAN handle it!

The other huge problem I have with this is that it deceives people into thinking they really ARE strong enough to “handle” whatever it is they’re faced with it.

I one hundred percent believe that God WILL take us to many mountains we CANNOT climb on our own, but to those which require us to completely give up…and allow God to use His great and unlimited power to show US and the rest of the world just how great our God really is!

If you want to quote scripture to encourage someone during their battle, try one of the following, instead. Please!!! Oh, and thank you. 🙂

For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.

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 about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

 

3 thoughts on “You Can’t HANDLE This!!!

  1. Sigh. Just one thing, woman. Will you please delete the part in your heading about your “comprehension” being “badly damaged”? If anything – it seems to be more and more enhanced as you endure each one of these challenges! You’ve tapped the celestial keg, my dear.

  2. Hebrews 14:6 says to come boldly before God’s throne to obtain grace for your time of need …

    God will definitely give us all the grace we need … we will definitely never find that grace within ourselves alone!

    Thank you for your testimony here ❤

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