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:
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.